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How much charcoal

Sm62577Sm62577 Posts: 28
edited September 2011 in EggHead Forum
In general, how high should I fill up my egg with lump,,some say halfway up the fire ring,,that seems like a lot to me but ,,I do mostly ribs and whole chickens,,haven't tried a pork butt or brisket yet,,I'm waiting for my temp ctrl unit to arrive..
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  • SpoonSpoon Posts: 328
    It depends on hoe long you are cooking for. If I'm doing a overnight low and slow, I go halfway up the fire box. If I am doing a quick cook like burgers or steaks, I go just over the air holes in the fire box. If it's a chicken or something that will take over an hour I will go almost to the top of the fire box.
    "Pork so tender you can pull it with a spoon." ~Spoon
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  • I fill it to the top of the firebox as that is what it is designed for.  Control the temp with the vents.  For a long low and slow, almost to the top of the fire ring.

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  • Hungry JoeHungry Joe Posts: 1,149
    I keep mine filled anywhere from the top of the fire box to halfway up
    the fire ring. Stirring it up and adding more as needed before every
    cook. Sometimes I don't even bother stirring. Keeping the same level of
    charcoal lets me use the same vent settings and get more consistent
    cooks. The only time I empty and start new is when I do a low and slow
    or had something that dripped a lot of grease.
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  • I keep mine filled anywhere from the top of the fire box to halfway up
    the fire ring. Stirring it up and adding more as needed before every
    cook. Sometimes I don't even bother stirring. Keeping the same level of
    charcoal lets me use the same vent settings and get more consistent
    cooks. The only time I empty and start new is when I do a low and slow
    or had something that dripped a lot of grease.
    +1
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  • Why be concerned about putting too much lump in the Egg?  Simply put out the fire when finished and there will be no waste.  

     

    -SMITTY     

    from SANTA CLARA, CA

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  • Thanks for the info everyone,,much appreciated..
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