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How long for the egg's fire to get to FULL BLAST?

Green_GiantGreen_Giant Posts: 25
edited 12:13AM in EggHead Forum
I'm wondering how long you usually allow for your egg's fire to fully light to "full blast"...Last night I refilled the fire box with fresh lump, and lit it using 3x pieces of fire starter. I opened up top and bottom vents, and was cooking burgers about 30 mins later. [p]BTW, I was cooking burgers according to a pal's recipe: 1+" thick burgers, get egg at full blast, cook at wide open for 3 mins, turn them over and close all vents & let "dwell" for 12 mins for a medium burger. [p]Anyway, I did not feel like the egg was really hot enough last night, as the burgers were still rare after 15 mins. (I did not pay attention to the thermometer!) I had to keep them on some additional cooking, and after 5+ mins they were fine. [p]I left the egg's top open so that I could do more cooking if my guests wanted (they didn't). When dinner was done I came out to a top open roaring fire! [p]I'm thinking in the future that I should allow 45 minutes with the top open to get the fire erally roaring before putting on the burgers. Any thoughts? THANKS


  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,383
    Green_Giant,[p]I can usually have a 700+ fire in just over half an hour. I light in at least four places with a MAPP torch at 1 minute perplace. Usually it takes about 15 minutes to get up to 180ish, then 10 to get to 250ish, and 5 to 350, and then it climbs 100 degrees per minute after that.[p]I have, however haad on fire which climbed 100 degrees per minute from 200 all the way up to 75-+.[p]It appears that different brands of charcoal will achieve different temperatures, different lump sizes burn faster, and the charcoal may absorb humidity, and burn more slowly sometimes.[p]gdenby
  • Green_Giant,[p]3 beers !
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  • I'll drink to that ! :)
  • Green_Giant,
    but seriously... it will take you longer because of your altitude in denver.[p]i just found out i had an "egg fire blaster" and used a battery powered inflatable mattress pump to turbo charge my fire starts!

  • UGAVETUGAVET Posts: 577
    i can have a 750 degree fire in about 20 minutes if i assist with a hair dryer after lighting with propane torch in about 4 spots. the hair dryer gets it crankin in no time

  • I thought about fabricating one using an old hand held hair dryer.....Who needs that 'spensive BBQ Guru? :laugh:
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