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Heat Temperature

edited 3:39PM in EggHead Forum
Just got our Big Freen Egg and having trouble getting 500 degrees. Do we add more BGE Characol? Any other tips?


  • Nature BoyNature Boy Posts: 8,365
    Richard Loesche,
    One of the keys to higher temps is to use plenty of fuel. Fill the firebox at least past the side vent holes. I usually fill my firebox full, but everyone does it differently.
    A little bit of time, and you should be cranking. Check to make sure your grate holes aren't plugged before you get going. Use a few larger pieces of lump in the bottom to prevent further clogging.[p]Happy searing.
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  • KennyGKennyG Posts: 949
    Richard Loesche,[p]With a new big Egg and an unclogged lower coal grate you should be able to easily obtain temps in excess of 1000* if you need to. The daisy wheel top will artifically limit temps to about 400*. If you need more for a certain recipe, use the slide metal top or no top at all. Don't be afraid to fill the firebox with lump higher than an inch or so above the side air holes as the manual suggests. This forum is the best source for Humpty tips and techniques, not the manual.[p]Welcome to the forum[p]K~G

  • JimWJimW Posts: 450
    Richard Loesche,
    The key things to higher temps are bottom vent wide open and no top at all. When you get the Egg up to desired temp, you can then control it with the bottom vent.

  • Richard Loesche, one BGE wag suggests a combination best fire and best use of the manual is to rip out several pages, crumple them, cover with lump to over the holes and ignite. Repeat this until manual is gone, then purchase fire starter cubes or an electric starter.
    PS I am serious about the cubes or electric and piling on the lump as high temps consume lump quicker than you might think.

  • GfwGfw Posts: 1,598
    Richard Loesche, - the link below will take you to a couple of prior posts about fire starting. I agree with Nature Boy - lost of lunp - later after you have mastered the technique, you can experiment with less lunp.[p]Good luck![p]
    [ul][li]Fire Starting[/ul]
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