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Picking up the 1st Egg in the morning

Hello Eggers... I'm new to the BGE.  I'm picking up my first egg in the morning.  Any tips for a NOOB striaght out of the gate.  I've been lurking on the forums for a while as I've made the decision to jump to the big leagues.  I look forward to learning from all the experienced folks on here's. Thanks in advance.  
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 21,760
    Welcome and congrats on your new egg.

    When you get it set up, I'd put in a few pounds of lump, light the top and play around with regulating it.  This will also help in burning out any funk from the factory/shipping.   At some point get it up to 400 or so. 

    Remember it will heat up fast, but reducing temp...not so fast because of the thermal mass.

    Anyway, after you burn up your starter lump, load it up with more and cook something.  Reason I suggest a small amount to start is to have your fire at the bottom so you clean it out well.

    Have fun!


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    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.  Registered republican.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 8,808
    Just start cooking using your grilling experience and roasting/baking experience.  Peruse this forum searching for cooks you're interested in.  Ask specific questions and folks here will guess at best answers ;)
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 8,797
    Congrats!! And welcome aboard.

    As you learn how to regulate temp and egg your favorite proteins, remember to never push the egg when trying to move it. Pull it by the handle if you have to roll it around (assuming you have it in a nest).

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 6,707
    Welcome to the forum, it is loaded with great  folks that are eggsperts on all things BGE and will do whatever it takes to help you out.
    You do know, with the purchase of the BGE, it was the least expensive part of owning the egg. You have just committed wallet genocide. Perish all thoughts on retirement.
    Have some fun, and post some of your cooks.

    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • VB_eggerVB_egger Posts: 272
    I always wondered if there were any other boatswains mates in here,,  what's up where you at? Still on active duty?
    VA Beach
  • Irbosnm8Irbosnm8 Posts: 11
    VB_egger said:
    I always wondered if there were any other boatswains mates in here,,  what's up where you at? Still on active duty?
    Still on active duty.... 20 Years in and ill stick around as long as they let me or I quit having fun.  Currently at the Naval Station on shore duty.  Did some time on 75 a few years ago.  
  • VB_eggerVB_egger Posts: 272
    edited January 5
    sounds good man, I've been on here for almost two years, good ship. 
    VA Beach
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 11,475
    Welcome aboard and enjoy the journey.  Above all, have fun.
    Great avatar right there.  
    Lots of people willing to help on this forum.  You will quickly see that with most things BGE related there are many ways to get there.  Just pick one and go then adjust from there. 
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood.
  • THEBuckeyeTHEBuckeye Posts: 3,438
    Welcome and congrats on your new egg.

    When you get it set up, I'd put in a few pounds of lump, light the top and play around with regulating it.  This will also help in burning out any funk from the factory/shipping.   At some point get it up to 400 or so. 

    Remember it will heat up fast, but reducing temp...not so fast because of the thermal mass.

    Anyway, after you burn up your starter lump, load it up with more and cook something.  Reason I suggest a small amount to start is to have your fire at the bottom so you clean it out well.

    Have fun!


    Did someone hack @nolaegghead?

    Who is this guy?
    Suwanee, GA
    UNDISPUTED NATIONAL CHAMPIONS! 
  • StoogieStoogie Posts: 85
    Take a picture of it before the first lighting of the lump.  It will never be that pristine again, but that is a good thing!
    Large BGE

    Neenah, WI
  • Congrats and welcome.  Don't forget to write down egg's ID number for warranty registration. After couple of cooks it will be difficult to read/locate them
    Bucks County, PA
    Minimax, XL, Flameboss 200

  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 5,312
    Welcome and congrats on your new egg.

    When you get it set up, I'd put in a few pounds of lump, light the top and play around with regulating it.  This will also help in burning out any funk from the factory/shipping.   At some point get it up to 400 or so. 

    Remember it will heat up fast, but reducing temp...not so fast because of the thermal mass.

    Anyway, after you burn up your starter lump, load it up with more and cook something.  Reason I suggest a small amount to start is to have your fire at the bottom so you clean it out well.

    Have fun!


    Did someone hack @nolaegghead?

    Who is this guy?
    Perhaps a New Years Resolution? Just kidding....wouldn't have him any other way.
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Med & MiniMax & now a 17" Blackstone

    Nothing left to do but smile, smile smile.

  • ThrillSeekerThrillSeeker Posts: 300

    @irbosnm8 Welcome Aboard.


    (Hide your wallet)

    Large BGE - Medium BGE - Too many accessories to name

    Antioch, TN

  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 4,431
    Welcome aboard. 

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

  • @NewbeeMinimax, one dealer told me the same thing about the numbers on all the different ceramic pieces. However, when I needed a part replaced the dealer I went to said that was not the case. I wonder what is the real story.
  • Welcome to the family @Irbosnm8!
    Nashville, TN

    Medium BGE | Large BGE | Little Griddle | Kick Ash Basket | Looftlighter
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 8,797
    A tip that has served me well : scan the sales receipt of your egg and save to your dropbox/Google Drive/etc. so you know exactly where it is if you need to make a warranty claim. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • HofstraJetHofstraJet Posts: 903
    caliking said:
    A tip that has served me well : scan the sales receipt of your egg and save to your dropbox/Google Drive/etc. so you know exactly where it is if you need to make a warranty claim. 
    +100 on this. I have a BGE folder on my Dropbox with recipes, owner's manuals, receipts, etc.  And not just your egg receipt - any receipt or document you want to save. So much easier than finding the paper copy. If you don't have a scanner, just snap a picture with your phone. :smiley:
    Two Large Eggs, 36" Blackstone, 6 gal Cajun Fryer, and a MiniMax in SE Florida - My New Table
    Twitter: @ Bags
    Blog: TheJetsFan.com
  • If your lifting the top and the egg is around 400, remember to burp it first.  If you don't, you'll remember the second time.
  • jtcBoyntonjtcBoynton Posts: 1,496
    caliking said:
    A tip that has served me well : scan the sales receipt of your egg and save to your dropbox/Google Drive/etc. so you know exactly where it is if you need to make a warranty claim. 
    +100 on this. I have a BGE folder on my Dropbox with recipes, owner's manuals, receipts, etc.  And not just your egg receipt - any receipt or document you want to save. So much easier than finding the paper copy. If you don't have a scanner, just snap a picture with your phone. :smiley:
    Also important because the ink on many receipts will fade away.  I recently had a bathroom mirror with a lifetime warranty that had the mirror slide (adhesive didn't hold).  Pulled the receipt from my files and the ink had faded away. (even though I could not see it with the naked eye, I could pull out the printing using my scanner after playing with all the various adjustments)
    Southeast Florida - LBGE
    In cooking, often we implement steps for which we have no explanations other than ‘that’s what everybody else does’ or ‘that’s what I have been told.’  Dare to think for yourself.
     
  • VB_eggerVB_egger Posts: 272
    What size did you pick? Which dealer?

    I go through ray johnson's off of va beach blvd.  if you haven't notice the NEX at nob sells dizzy pig rubs, best price I've ever seen. 

    The ace hardware off of kempsville rd carrier rock wood lump which is very high quality. 
    VA Beach
  • Irbosnm8Irbosnm8 Posts: 11
    VB_egger said:
    What size did you pick? Which dealer?

    I go through ray johnson's off of va beach blvd.  if you haven't notice the NEX at nob sells dizzy pig rubs, best price I've ever seen. 

    The ace hardware off of kempsville rd carrier rock wood lump which is very high quality. 
    I went with the large w/ nest, mates and plate setter.  Had shopped Ray Johnsons, but went with Taylor's Do it.  They offered a better package.  

    I'll have to check out the ACE. Thanks for the tip.  

    And thanks to everyone for the insight.  I took pics as recommended and ran a half load of lump for about four hours.  Threw in some wings just because... they were an amazing impromptu meal.  Look forward to learning how to control temps and keep it steady.  
  • VB_eggerVB_egger Posts: 272
    @Irbosnm8, sending you a pm. 
    VA Beach
  • TideEggHeadTideEggHead Posts: 173
    Pics! Pics! Pics! Welcome aboard.
    LBGE
    SC AL
  • Welcome Aboard Boats!!  Enjoy the best food you'll ever have!!  
    Retired Navy, LBGE
    Durham, NC

  • SlabotnickSlabotnick Posts: 207
    Ive only had mine a year but from reading from others here you can bypass a lot of mistakes and go to amazing food quickly. Hopefully you love yours as much as we do. 
  • EagleIIIEagleIII Posts: 236
    Welcome! ANY thing you need to know is in this form...all you have to do is search and if reading doesn't answer your question, posting a question will get you many answers quickly from the Egg family...
  • KjunbobKjunbob Posts: 36
    Congrats and welcome.  Don't forget to write down egg's ID number for warranty registration. After couple of cooks it will be difficult to read/locate them
    Interesting.. I hadn't thought about that.  Where is the number located?
    Large Egg.  New Orleans Area
  • HofstraJetHofstraJet Posts: 903
    Inside the dome. You will need it to register the warranty. Take pics of the numbers. Easier to store. 
    Two Large Eggs, 36" Blackstone, 6 gal Cajun Fryer, and a MiniMax in SE Florida - My New Table
    Twitter: @ Bags
    Blog: TheJetsFan.com
  • Hans61Hans61 Posts: 1,622
    Eggs generally warmer toward the back, so place your meats appropriately i.e. Turkeys breast to front legs to back, thick end of rib slabs to the back, if doing multiple steaks and you know some want more done you get the picture :-)
    XL BGE and a green Weber Performer
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