I had my first POOF. I lit the by putting a fire starter under the grate and nothing happened. I split one in half and put a piece on top the charcoal on each side. 15 minutes later 600 degrees. I shut everything down until the temp guage hit 500. I opened the top just a couple inches to look for hot coals and I heard but did not see the POOF. Fortunately I was not actually close to the egg with my eyes. The only loss was the hair on the back of my hand.