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going to attempt to cook at 250-275 on my large BGE. I’ve done a lot of reading on the forum but I
want to reach out to the experienced-ones to be sure I’m thinking correctly. I understand my goal is to start with a low
temp and work up to "equilibrium temp" of 250ish.
my plan … sorry to be so wordy but I want to be sure I’m on the right track.
Open the lid. Be sure all holes are clear and the ashtray is empty. Fill the egg with fresh
lump coal; it’s BGE coal. Be sure the electric
lighter is half way into the pile of coals.
Have the Damper and DFMT wide open to get good air flow. Light the coals with the electric starter (for
about 6-7 minutes). Remove lighter and
let the coals get nice and hot throughout, it should take 5-10 minutes; having
flames are ok. When the coals are good
and hot close the Damper to about 1/8-inch (a very small damper opening) and close
the DFMT to a small hole. The purpose it to allow very little air flow but
don’t smother the fire. Close the lid And wait …..
hoping the dome temp will rise slowly. When
the temp gets within 50-degrees of my goal close the damper a bit more and
hopefully it will stop at my goal of 250-275.
I should be very very patient and not panic if the temp shoots up to
400+. Just leave the Egg alone for a
while and see what happens with the dome temp.
It’s very important to let the Egg’s temp equalize on its own; without
me messing with it. So above all do not open the lid during this wait time
because that much air the raise the dome temp then everything will be out of
control. Once the temp is equalized I can open the lid for a short time and
close it; the temp should return its equalized dome temp.
So am I
generally on the right track?
Should I let the coals get good and hot OR should I just close the lid right
after I remove the electric starter and the fire will spread on it own (it
won’t go out)?