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Wyoming Weather and the BGE

stemc33stemc33 Posts: 3,252
I am thankful for all the post on the forum that helped me decide on the BGE and all the tips/suggestions to help with problems. I live in NE Wyoming and Barbecuing is often challenging due to weather, be it extreme cold or high winds. Both frequently happen simultaneously. Gassers are challenging and other charcoal BBQ's are near impossible unless you want to eat large amounts of ash that cover the food. It seems like the wind is always the worst when one wants to cook outdoors. The BGE makes cooking outdoors in subzero temps and wind possible. Most barbecuing devices immediately lose all heat when putting food on or when checking/turning foods(not the BGE). My biggest challenge is actually getting the egg started in the wind. I use starter blocks and they're hard to get going in the wind. Once lit, it's all down hill, even when cooking below zero. I'm not an extravagant cook, but love a burger or steak off the grill and the BGE is the only way to go in the harsh environment of Wyoming. Friends cannot believe that I can actually cook outdoors by fire in the winter. Anyway, just warned to thank everyone that contributes to the forum.
Steven
Mini Max with Woo stone combo, LBGE, iGrill 2, Plate Setter, 
two cotton pot holders to handle PS
Banner, Wyoming

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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,542
    I'd try a MAPP torch or the electric fire starter in high winds. Otherwise, it's great to have you here!
  • TUTTLE871TUTTLE871 Posts: 1,316
    I Grew up in Casper and the wind is brutal up there. One thing I don't miss is those 60-70 Mph winds and people just saying it was a breeze.

    "Hold my beer and watch this S##T!"

    LARGE BGE DALLAS TX.

  • tkleagertkleager Posts: 535
    I'm south in Scottsbluff, and know your feelings on the weather.
    Ditch the tabs.  I have a propane/MAPP torch head that I use to light the egg.  There are those on here who will tell you that propane won't burn upside down, but I'm here to tell you that my torch has worked upside down for years.

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  • +1 for the MAPP torch.  Even without the wind, it's just faster and in the long run I think cheaper.
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  • DMWDMW Posts: 7,220
    Electric fire starter. Takes a bit longer to get going but no spark showers which could be bad in the wind.
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  • ads75ads75 Posts: 358
    I am pretty happy using the electric starter.
    Large BGE, Mini BGE
    Morgantown, PA
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 8,673
    Sounds like you need a weed burner! Though DMW makes a good point and I don't know how they do in serious wind (I just have a mapp).


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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 7,190
    If you have power, electric is the answer. Light towards the front and on the top, it is not necessary to bury the element. Make sure to set a timer, 8 minutes from plug-in to plug out works for me. If you leave the starter in for much more than 10 minutes, the burning lump will shorten the life and destroy the element in no time. Maverick in timer mode works fine. 
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  • butertbutert Posts: 187
    @stemc33, my brother and sister-in-law live in Gillette!  I was just out there over Christmas and love that part of the country.
    Cooking on a XL BGE from Allendale, Mi.
  • stemc33stemc33 Posts: 3,252
    I definitely need to try a burner of some sort. Trying to light the starter blocks gets old. I think a burner might be better than electric just because of having to string out the electric cord seems like a hassle. Also, just a tip I use that seems to help in the wind is to leave the bottom vent closed until the charcoal starts burning. The wind provides plenty of oxygen but keeping the vent closed helps the heat build faster which creates a rip roaring fire in no time.
    Steven
    Mini Max with Woo stone combo, LBGE, iGrill 2, Plate Setter, 
    two cotton pot holders to handle PS
    Banner, Wyoming
  • fence0407fence0407 Posts: 1,287
    I'd recommend the Looftlighter!
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,670
    Mapp torch. I left my heat gun a little too long once. Once.
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  • WeberWho?WeberWho? Posts: 2,308
    I have used oil/paper towels, starter cubes, electric element, mapp torch, and the weed burner. The weed burner easily takes the cake. It's a no mess around I need this grill fired up quickly tool. Who doesn't like playing around with a flame thrower? Highly recommend the weed burner.

  • OspreydogOspreydog Posts: 90
    You are right on the wind, I hunted just south of Sheridan and I got so wind burnt. It's very beautiful out there and some nice deer also.
  • stemc33 said:
    I definitely need to try a burner of some sort. Trying to light the starter blocks gets old. I think a burner might be better than electric just because of having to string out the electric cord seems like a hassle. Also, just a tip I use that seems to help in the wind is to leave the bottom vent closed until the charcoal starts burning. The wind provides plenty of oxygen but keeping the vent closed helps the heat build faster which creates a rip roaring fire in no time.
    Not to threadjack, but what part of WY?  My kids live in Cowley/Powell area with their mom. 
    Large BGE from Normal, IL 
  • stemc33stemc33 Posts: 3,252
    Banner just South of Sheridan. Before I retired from the Army, I was the Army recruiter for the Big Horn basin and lived in Powell. Very nice community. Kinda miss it, but Sheridan is more scenic. I also miss being closer to Yellowstone.
    Steven
    Mini Max with Woo stone combo, LBGE, iGrill 2, Plate Setter, 
    two cotton pot holders to handle PS
    Banner, Wyoming
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