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My guess is that when he lit the EGG, he did the following:
1.) Dumped a pile of Kingsford briquettes in there.
2.) Soaked the pile with lighter fluid.
3.) Lit it up with a match.
I am going to take up for Steven. He has never proclaimed to be an eggspert that I have heard and my impression is he prefers grills and offsets. So yeah... he was talking like an expert to a group of BBQ U students and he was wrong. I cant argue with that.
What I can say is many of his recipes are very good. Is every recipe in every book heaven on a plate. No... I doubt there is such a book.
More importantly, I am positive he never would start a fire with fluid. He has always been one of the biggest proponents of chimney starters, lump charcoal, and cooking with wood.
This just confirms what I've thought about SR since I got his "Barbecue Bible." There are plenty of good recipes, but a number of things that made me think, "Say what?" I think SR's a writer first, a promoter second and a BBQ'er third. I mean, how can someone own an Egg for years and not know the first thing about how long it will cook a low-n-slow?