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We hope everyone enjoyed their Fourth of July weekend and is excited for more warm weather grilling! This week, we’ll be making these two burgers: Stuffed Portobello Mushroom and Caribbean Chicken, and also eating lots of these Ice Cream Sandwiches in honor of National Ice Cream Month! It's time to think about getting out to one of the many #EGGfests around the country - see a list here

Just purchased my first BGE

Morning!!..

So after much debate my wife purchased me a Large Green Egg with the Large Table to go with it.  

I have been reading up on the egg and am so exited.  My first question is how long does the charcoal last?  How long can I expect to cook with a full egg?  

 

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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 10,351
    naturally it depends on temp, type of cook...and type of lump. welcome and get involved here.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • rmuisermuise Posts: 5
    Can you add more charcoal during the cooking process?
  • calracefancalracefan Posts: 472
    Yes , but you probably won't need to. The egg is very efficient, I have cooked @ 250-275 F for over 17 hrs and still had plenty of charcoal left !
    Ova B.
    Fulton MO
  • Hi54puttyHi54putty Posts: 1,320
    Welcome aboard. You will quickly learn the ins and outs of things like charcoal usage and temp control. That is all part of the fun. 

    I have never had to add charcoal during any cook. 
  • Welcome! Where do you hail from?

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    Flint, Michigan.  Named the most dangerous city in America by the F.B.I. three years running.

  • rmuisermuise Posts: 5
    I am from Ottawa Ontario Canada

  • six_eggsix_egg Posts: 593
    Welcome aboard.

    XLBGE, LBGE growing accessories.

    Want: Ceramicgrillworks 2 tier large, Dutch oven, Cyber Q Wifi

    Grenada, MS

  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 4,170
    Welcome!

    For a low temp cook, say around 250F dome, I expect a minimum of 20 hours with the lump piled half way up into the fire ring. There have been reports over the years of people doing a Boston butt, followed by ribs, followed by a steak sear in one marathon cook.

    I think I may have needed to add lump once in the last 7 years.

    I've had no trouble preheating the Egg, platesetter and baking stone up to 475 (about 45 min.) , and then baking bread for an hour. Usually have enough lump leftover to do burgers, etc.

    If you are used to metal cookers, the issue of reloading charcoal no longer applies.

    It took me about 2 years of internal debate to convince myself to buy an Egg. 2 cooks later, I realized I had wasted the previous 2 years in deliberation. You and your wide should be most pleased.

    Besides reading thru the forum posts, do check out the Naked Whiz's Lump Charcoal Database, and Thirdeye's "Playing with fire and smoke" blog site.
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 10,351
    just try several different lumps. everyone's favorite is the best... find yours
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 5,343
    Welcome @rmuise always room for another Canuck. There will soon be the wonderful smell of smoked meat floating across the river driving Hull crazy. 
    Looks like your egg and table may get an ice coating this morning. 
    Basques lump charcoal is available in your area, Maple Leaf/Nature's Own/Sugar Maple all good stuff. Here in the Vancouver area we just started to get it. Royal Oak Star Grill (blue bag) is also good. BGE lump is made by Royal Oak. 
    Like others here have told you, 250F temps will hold for a day (24 hours) or so with a full firebox of lump. A pizza cook at 550F will empty the lump in 3 or 4 hours. 
    Cook with the dome closed. Burp it when you open it. After you light it, let the VOCs clear before you put anything on it - safe time is maybe 30 minutes. If food goes on too soon, it will taste like a burning garbage dump. An egg will heat very quickly, it cools very slowly. Good Luck!
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
  • Welcome, you came to the right place for questions,  there is a lot of great people here that can answer any questions you might have.  If you're in a pinch just ask and you'll get the answer that can save a cook. Welcome to the green world and enjoy the ride. 
  • Hey rmuise. I'm in the Toronto area. Getting my LBGE in a couple of weeks. I'm actually purchasing it down in Buffalo as the US prices are way less than here in Canada. My better half and I have to be in Denver for a few days so we'll be out of the country over the 72-hour time for the higher exemption level. I'll be a few dollars over so I'm hoping not to have to pay customs on the difference!

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    Well, "spa-Peggy" is kind of like spaghetti. I'm not sure what Peggy does different, if anything. But it's the one dish she's kind of made her own.
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    Aurora, Ontario, Canada
  • Hey rmuise. I'm in the Toronto area. Getting my LBGE in a couple of weeks. I'm actually purchasing it down in Buffalo as the US prices are way less than here in Canada. My better half and I have to be in Denver for a few days so we'll be out of the country over the 72-hour time for the higher exemption level. I'll be a few dollars over so I'm hoping not to have to pay customs on the difference!

    love the avatar. @Little_Steven actually has the 2nd largest inventory in the greater Toronto area. maybe you could work a deal with him :))


  • Hey rmuise. I'm in the Toronto area. Getting my LBGE in a couple of weeks. I'm actually purchasing it down in Buffalo as the US prices are way less than here in Canada. My better half and I have to be in Denver for a few days so we'll be out of the country over the 72-hour time for the higher exemption level. I'll be a few dollars over so I'm hoping not to have to pay customs on the difference!

    love the avatar. @Little_Steven actually has the 2nd largest inventory in the greater Toronto area. maybe you could work a deal with him :))

    He was a good man! Not sure why that show ever got cancelled; it was way better than any of the other animated prime-time crap!

    I paid for my BGE down in Buffalo last week so too late to source it locally but, thanks anyway.
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    Well, "spa-Peggy" is kind of like spaghetti. I'm not sure what Peggy does different, if anything. But it's the one dish she's kind of made her own.
    ____________________
    Aurora, Ontario, Canada
  • Hey rmuise. I'm in the Toronto area. Getting my LBGE in a couple of weeks. I'm actually purchasing it down in Buffalo as the US prices are way less than here in Canada. My better half and I have to be in Denver for a few days so we'll be out of the country over the 72-hour time for the higher exemption level. I'll be a few dollars over so I'm hoping not to have to pay customs on the difference!

    love the avatar. @Little_Steven actually has the 2nd largest inventory in the greater Toronto area. maybe you could work a deal with him :))

    He was a good man! Not sure why that show ever got cancelled; it was way better than any of the other animated prime-time crap!

    I paid for my BGE down in Buffalo last week so too late to source it locally but, thanks anyway.
    Steven is a forum member up there with 8 eggs. None for sale. he may have the 2nd largest inventory in greater Toronto though :)



  • Hi54puttyHi54putty Posts: 1,320


    He was a good man! Not sure why that show ever got cancelled; it was way better than any of the other animated prime-time crap!


    I believe Hank only dealt in propane and propane accessories. He was a gasser man. 
  • caneggercanegger Posts: 508
    Welcome. I'm just south of Ottawa
  • rmuisermuise Posts: 5
    canegger said:
    Welcome. I'm just south of Ottawa
    I am between winchester and kemptville..  Ottawa is just easier for most people

  • caneggercanegger Posts: 508
    Im between kemptville and north gower
  • Hi54putty said:


    He was a good man! Not sure why that show ever got cancelled; it was way better than any of the other animated prime-time crap!


    I believe Hank only dealt in propane and propane accessories. He was a gasser man. 
    You're correct Hi54Putty; but that, and a narrow urethra, where his only shortcomings!
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    Well, "spa-Peggy" is kind of like spaghetti. I'm not sure what Peggy does different, if anything. But it's the one dish she's kind of made her own.
    ____________________
    Aurora, Ontario, Canada
  • As I recall, he also had no butt and needed false pads for lawnmower racing. (just saw that show recently)

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    Flint, Michigan.  Named the most dangerous city in America by the F.B.I. three years running.

  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 4,691
    edited April 2013
    Welcome aboard and props for your optimism with the title-of course you will also spend $$ on all the after-market toys this forum will convince you that you have to have to make a lump burning fire do it's magic.  Degree of Kool-Aid consumption self controlled. 
    Louisville
  • Welcome Aboard.

    As far as your questions..from my experience.

    Wicked Good or the official BGE lump seem to last the longest.  Fill up the firebox and at 275 it'll run for 24 hours strong.  I use Royal Oak from walmart for normal cooks because its the cheapest..but even with a full fire box..it only lasts me about 14-15 hours..

    To save on our electric and gas bills last summer we bought 4 22lb back of wicked good($18 a pop), went the whole summer using 3 bags of lump.  We didnt use the oven, griddle, microwave once in three months. Keep the heat outside..and it was cheaper.

  • Welcome Aboard.

    As far as your questions..from my experience.

    Wicked Good or the official BGE lump seem to last the longest.  Fill up the firebox and at 275 it'll run for 24 hours strong.  I use Royal Oak from walmart for normal cooks because its the cheapest..but even with a full fire box..it only lasts me about 14-15 hours..

    To save on our electric and gas bills last summer we bought 4 22lb back of wicked good($18 a pop), went the whole summer using 3 bags of lump.  We didnt use the oven, griddle, microwave once in three months. Keep the heat outside..and it was cheaper.

    Do y'all large owners ever fill the lump past the firebox, on up into somewhere along the fire ring for long smokes?

  • tazcrashtazcrash Posts: 1,747
    Do y'all large owners ever fill the lump past the firebox, on up into somewhere along the fire ring for long smokes?
    Yep. Lots of times. Also if I'm searing. bing the hot-ness up. 
    Bx - > NJ ->TX!!! 
    All to get cheaper brisket! 
  • egger aveegger ave Posts: 502
    I live south of you in Central Texas. Welcome to the cult. Read the posts, try some and with trial and error you soon have your own favorites. Slow and steady beats hot and fast most of the time.
    1 Large BGE, 1 Mini BGE, Original wife and 4 dogs living in the heart of BBQ country in Round Rock Texas. "Friends don't let friends cook with propane"
  • bbqlearnerbbqlearner Posts: 584
    Welcome.

    Houston, TX - Buddy LBGE, Don SBGE, Tiny Mini & Shiny Momma Pitts n Spitts

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