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DIY Big Green Egg Chimney, not chimney starter

Just a few pics, if anybody was interested. I've not been completely happy with the time it took to get the lump up to temperature. I seen something like this in the internet and thought I'd try it.  I put a 5 inch vent pipe on a 6 to 5 inch reducer. I cut it off at 23 inches. I bent the sharp edge at the top over like you would see on a rolled over rim on a paper coffee cup,  using a few rocks in place of anvil and hammer so there are no cut hands.  In theory there should be an increase in draw, etc.

People say that Television is bad for you.  It's that bloody Fridge, that's killing me.


  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,378

    How did you determine the 23" length was optimal?

    Are you going to try some before and after measurement of times to reach a certain temp to see how well it works?

    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,735
    There is an egg blocking my view in the first picture. Can you move it? 
  • vidalia1vidalia1 Posts: 7,091
    So 10-15 minutes to get the lump up to temp isn't good for you? BTW making alterations to the BGE may void the warranty...also this is a first...good luck.
  • TexanOfTheNorthTexanOfTheNorth Posts: 3,913
    That's a beautiful view you've got there. How long is it taking your egg to come to temp and what are you hoping for with the improved draw?

    @vidalial... why would this create a warranty issue?

    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
  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 2,770

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

  • Hokie_SmokerHokie_Smoker Posts: 510
    If that was my view I'd slow down the process sip on some Maker's and listen to a couple more Jimmy Buffett songs.


    Johnson, Navin R... Sounds like a typical bastard.


    Belmont, NC

  • hotwheelshotwheels Posts: 73
    edited July 2013

    To Ragtop99.  Nope, I just cut it off at a random point after having the wind blow it over when it was about 4 feet high. My thought was just to increase the draw.  I don't think I could get measurable differences in start up times due to variables like wind, moisture, etc. I'll just take whatever improvement I can get.

    To TexanOfThe North:  I did not measure the time it took for the lump to come up to temperature, but there seemed to be a lot of time where the egg was choked with white smoke as it slowly came up to temperature. I just knew I wanted it faster and I think there is an improvement, but it's certainly still not lightning fast.

    To Foghorn; The chimney starter is the real time saver, not the chimney. My egg still takes quite a while to get going.

    Thanks Hokie_Smoker


    To Vildalia 1: Believe me, the temperature is not coming up fast enough to break anything. For that I might need a weed burner

    People say that Television is bad for you.  It's that bloody Fridge, that's killing me.

  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,378
    edited July 2013
    I've been using my side burner to lite the chimney, but normal do a complete load unless I'm doing a low and slow.

    I would have liked a peak inside the egg of that video posted by @Foghorn.  Had the fire spread to all the coals, or did it just create a narrow jet stream of hot air?
    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
  • hotwheelshotwheels Posts: 73
    edited July 2013
    I don't have a side burner on my Webber, but I did just learn something watching the video. The burner runs about two minutes firing up the charcoal.  I don't spend near that amount of time with my propane torch, so I need to use a little more propane and it will greatly decrease my wait times. hopefully. Perhaps I need a chimney starter of some kind. I'd like to see how fast the guys are with the weed burners.

    People say that Television is bad for you.  It's that bloody Fridge, that's killing me.

  • rholtrholt Posts: 375
    I use my propane torch for about 2 minutes and when I shut the lid the temp climbed past 300 in about 30 seconds. :)
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 16,049
    How I do it when I'm in a hurry (note - this is not me).

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  • hotwheelshotwheels Posts: 73

    No video appears when I click on 'button', .  am I doing something wrong??

    People say that Television is bad for you.  It's that bloody Fridge, that's killing me.

  • hotwheelshotwheels Posts: 73
    I must be doing something wrong, Rholt. It must be at least 15 minutes before I see 300F

    People say that Television is bad for you.  It's that bloody Fridge, that's killing me.

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