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I'm New Here.

TazEggTazEgg Posts: 8
edited January 2014 in EggHead Forum
Just wanted to say Hello.
I've had my XLBGE for 2 1/2 weeks now and cooking everything in sight! I'm still learning the art of controlling the temp on the BGE, it seems very touchy on the XL. 
I mite add, I'm trying to learn this in subzero temps of Cleveland, OH. Looking for advice from anyone with a great tip.

Thanks,
XLBGE  Cleveland, OH
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  • revolver1revolver1 Posts: 372
    Welcome.  Tough time of the year to learn, but worth it.  Lots of help here and things to learn.  Wish you lots of success and minimal failures.  Eggersforum is also good.  
    Dan, Columbia,Mo.
  • td66snrftd66snrf Posts: 827

    Welcome to the cult/club/obsession.  I can't help you with the subzero temp issue as it was 75 here today (So Cal).  My tip for you would be catch the temperature on the way up. The egg retains temperature so well it takes forever to bring it back down after you pass your target temp. Try a rib roast, they're easy and they're always a big hit.  Have fun. Tim


    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE, MINI, 2 Kubs, Fire Magic Gasser
  • johnkitchensjohnkitchens Posts: 4,100
    Welcome to the club. Temp control will get easier with time. 

    Louisville, GA - 2 Large BGE's
  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,453
    Welcome.  Egging here in zub zero PA temps as well.  Best advice is to play around with it and get a feel for temp control.  As above, start closing vents as the temp starts getting near where you want it, and don't overshoot.  Much harder to cool down an Egg. even in cold temps, than to raise the temp.  I've started leaving the daisy wheel top vent off, and control using just the bottom vent, unless going for below 275 or so.  Once you get a feel for it, it's a lot easier controlling only one vent.  With my fried gasket, I can't seem to hold below 275 with just the bottom vent, so I will use the DW for low and slow, until the temp outside goes up enough that I can install the gasket I got from @RRP last week.
    __________________________________________
    It's not a science, it's an art. And it's flawed.
    - Camp Hill, PA
  • The best advice I can give from cooking in the cold or hot Minnesota here so have cooked in the -teens is get it to temp. you want and hold it there for a 1/2 hour more time to enjoy your beverage of choice. before you add your food should hold after that time. XL here also.
    XL & waiting for my Mini Max Bloomington MN.
  • Welcome from frigid Michigan! You will love cooking on your XL. Stay with it and your patience will be rewarded. If I had a tip for new Eggheads, it would be don't spend your time chasing temps. If you're off by 20 or 30 degrees, relax. If your a little too hot, check your food a bit earlier than perhaps you would have. If you're a little cool, then let it cook a bit more.

    Above all, enjoy yourself!

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    Shangri la where life is beautiful and everybody's happy.

  • tjosbornetjosborne Posts: 436
    welcome, have fun with your egg.
    middle of nowhere- G.I. NE
  • CANMAN1976CANMAN1976 Posts: 1,570
    Well I live in Newfoundland Canada and its cold and snowy here almost always.What I learned is to keep something between your dome and base  ie tinfoil or cardborad to prevent the lid and dome from freezing together and also that my DFMT usually freezes to my egg a real pain but the stainless cap from smokeware does not and I love it for that reason.

    Jamie.
    Hows ya gettin' on, me ol ****



    Kippens.Newfoundland and Labrador. (Canada).
  • dldawes1dldawes1 Posts: 1,432

    Welcome. I am fairly new as well....Got my XL between Christmas and NYears. Like you...been cooking everything in the house. My wife and dog are afraid to stand still too long...!!!!

    Donnie

     

    Donnie Dawes - Carrollton, KY  

    1-XLBGE, 1-Beautiful wife, 1 XS Yorkie

    I'm keeping serious from now on...no more joking around from me...Meatheads !! 


  • JeremiahJeremiah Posts: 3,028
    Welcome! Don't get discouraged by not so great cooks along the way. Use those to learn by. (I tend to over cook things so the thermapen has become my best friend.)
    Slumming it in Aiken, SC. 
  • jhl192jhl192 Posts: 946
    Welcome.  I have an XL here in CT. I have a few simple pieces of advice on temp control:
    1) Be patient (it takes a long time to heat up that 200 lbs of ceramic) 
    2) Start with the vents wide open
    3) Try to limit the air flow just before it gets to your target temp (don't let it get too hot and then cut back; too late)  
    4) The top and bottom vents are much more closed than I would have ever guessed at 250 -450 degrees.  
    5) Hi winds are more difficult than the temp.  Temp will fluctuate with wind a bit.  
    6) Be patient (I started out fiddling with the vents constantly.  Now I do it once or twice to settle it in)

    Experience will help you get to know your EGG and get it to do what you want it to.  
    XL BGE; Medium BGE; L BGE 
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 8,158
    Welcome aboard and enjoy the journey.  For most cooks with the BGE patience is the watchword as implied above.  It is a game-changer.
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs 
    Pit Barrel Cooker
  • TackmanTackman Posts: 228
    I too am in Cleveland. Learning in the cold kind of sucks. Be patient. You'll get it. What kind of lump are you using? I haven't had great luck with frontier, bought it at Home Depot. I've had better luck with the GFS lump ( which is actually rebranded royal oak).
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Welcome from another Wolverive ;) If you get the temperature control down now it will be a breeze in the winter. Just remember to be patient and tey not to "over adjust". Make small adjustments and give it at least 30min before changing anything again. Good luck and once again welcome to the herd
    Pure Michigan
    Large BGE, Medium BGE, Weber Performer.
    If dogs don't go to heaven, when I die I want to go wherever they went
  • TazEggTazEgg Posts: 8
    Tackman said:
    I too am in Cleveland. Learning in the cold kind of sucks. Be patient. You'll get it. What kind of lump are you using? I haven't had great luck with frontier, bought it at Home Depot. I've had better luck with the GFS lump ( which is actually rebranded royal oak).

    I'm using BGE lump now, and I have a bag of royal oak waiting in the garage. Any difference in the two?
    XLBGE  Cleveland, OH
  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,453
    BGE is made by Royal Oak and is more expensive.
    __________________________________________
    It's not a science, it's an art. And it's flawed.
    - Camp Hill, PA
  • TazEggTazEgg Posts: 8
    dldawes1 said:

    Like you...been cooking everything in the house. My wife and dog are afraid to stand still too long...!!!!

    Donnie

     


    HaHa Ha! My wife said something similar...
    XLBGE  Cleveland, OH
  • TazEggTazEgg Posts: 8
    So what is the best lump? I see a ton of lump names on this site.
    XLBGE  Cleveland, OH
  • DMWDMW Posts: 8,480
    TazEgg said:

    So what is the best lump? I see a ton of lump names on this site.

    Not sure there is a "best". But, check out Fogo on Amazon. I usually use Royal Oak, but Fogo is really good stuff, doesn't take long to burn off the VOC's and lasts really long.
    My Facebook Page where I document my cooking
    Morgantown, PA

    XL BGE - S BGE - KJ Jr - Hasty Bake Legacy - Black Stone Pizza Oven - Gasser - 30" Firepit - King Kooker Fryer
  • DIADDIAD Posts: 176
    Welcome!  I am also new.  I got my XL 2 weeks ago and just joined this forum this week.  Not much advice to give yet but throw out your bathroom scale!  In another post there is a weight loss competition.  I'm not sure how the winner will be able to do it.  I'm eating for sport now!

    Enjoy the cooking and there is a ton of knowledge on this site. 
    Chester, MD
  • grussemgrussem Posts: 91
    The best way to control the temp IMHO is to get a BBQ Guru DIGI-Q.  I too had trouble controlling temps at first but it did get easier.  I do not even have to worry about it with my Digi-Q especially for long cooks.
  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,308
    Welcome abord!! Not much to add. @Tjcoley and @jhl192 nailed it on the head. I'd hold out on getting a pit controller till you have mastered how to control your temperatures manually. They are great, but what are you going to do if the power goes out?

    Richardson, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings

     

  • buzd504buzd504 Posts: 1,669
    Don't the controllers use batteries?
    NOLA
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,163
    Welcome
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • Welcome.  There are lots of toys and even more opinions.  Cook for awhile, find out what you really need and go from there.

    Damascus, VA.  Friendliest town on the Appalachian Trail.

    LBGE Aug 2012, SBGE Feb 2014

  • I have an XL also and I learned after a month of ownership that it is important to make sure the thermometer is properly calibrated by testing it in boiling water - it shoudl read 100 C or 212 F.

     

    JMHO

  • Congrats on the new egg!!  Tough time to egg, do you live in the city of Cleveland?  I'm in Northern Summit county, Northfield area.  Have fun and stay warm!
  • TazEggTazEgg Posts: 8
    Congrats on the new egg!!  Tough time to egg, do you live in the city of Cleveland?  I'm in Northern Summit county, Northfield area.  Have fun and stay warm!
    I'm in the Olmsted Falls area. 
    XLBGE  Cleveland, OH
  • RACRAC Posts: 1,606
    Welcome aboard!

    Ricky

    Boerne, TX

  • tulocaytulocay Posts: 1,737
    welcome. i started out using RO, but have recently switched to Rockwood. Rockwood is great. No VOC's (or very , very little). enjoy
    LBGE, Marietta, GA
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