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Lighting you lump???

As you light your lump anyone ever give it a little stir just before things take off?? Seems like it might be a good idea but not sure if I am just wasting my time...


  • grege345grege345 Posts: 3,515
    It's probably a good idea to stir the coals to get the excess as h to the bottom before you light. What method of lighting do you use? @henapple will be along to say that OO doesn't have ash and he only ever had to light his egg ONCE using the OO. Still burning since the first load of lump.
    LBGE& SBGE———————————————•———————– Pennsylvania / poconos

  • SensFanSensFan Posts: 41
    Mapp torch.....but actually I meant after
  • grege345grege345 Posts: 3,515
    Oh. I use chimney so I have no clue the workings of the map method. Btw I really dislike the steelers
    LBGE& SBGE———————————————•———————– Pennsylvania / poconos

  • SensFanSensFan Posts: 41
    Oops..... I meant after you light the lump and before it's 200 just stir it up then??
  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 8,306
    No need to stir. Light to the front on the top for low and slows and as many places as you want on the top for hotter cooks. The most efficient method is to allow the fire to follow the air downward.  
    Delta B.C. - Move over coffee, this is job for alcohol!
  • buzd504buzd504 Posts: 2,521
    Once you know the fire is caught open the vents and close the lid. As soon as the interior heats up, the chimney effect will make that needle start to run. Start closing things down to your preferred settings once you are within 50--100 degrees of your target temp.
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 2,765
    I use a chimney pour then give a little stir
    Visalia, Ca
  • stevesailsstevesails Posts: 990
    Weed burner.
    XL   Walled Lake, MI

  • TxTech25TxTech25 Posts: 16
    My method: 
    1. Stir to get ash to fall to the bottom and rake out when I have time during the next steps.
    2. Pour in new lump
    3. Build a lump "chimney" like lincoln logs in a small divot in the lump ( shaped like a #) 
    4. Put starting material in this "chimney", I use Primo starter sticks (hope that isn't a bad word on here)
    5. When lump is lit, I knock the chimney over and place whatever I need to cook on the grill (plate setter, grid, etc)
    6. Close lid, get to temp, cook, enjoy
    Wreck 'Em!
    - J in Amarillo, Tx
  • njlnjl Posts: 871
    SensFan said:
    As you light your lump anyone ever give it a little stir just before things take off?? Seems like it might be a good idea but not sure if I am just wasting my time...
    Only if I want a roaring high-heat cook.  In general, I find it's not necessary.
  • Ladeback69Ladeback69 Posts: 4,422
    I used my new electric starter the other night after cleaning the ash out and added new charcoal. It was going good in about 10 minutes and was at 700 in 20. I like it better then the starter sticks.
    XL, WSM, Little Kahuna, Coleman RoadTrip Gas Grill

    Kansas City, Mo.
  • stemc33stemc33 Posts: 3,567
    I'm still learning to start my egg with consistency, but if my firebox is filled mostly with small pieces, I stir every once in a while to establish a hot fire quicker. If I have larger pieces I don't need to stir, it gets too hot too fast. Seems if I'm with the egg it never takes off good, if I walk away for a minute it shoots up to over 700 degrees. I don't know, I figure it out one day. The best part is that when it settles in on a temp it's stable.
    Mini Max with Woo stone combo, LBGE, iGrill 2, Plate Setter, 
    two cotton pot holders to handle PS
    Banner, Wyoming
  • jhl192jhl192 Posts: 1,006
    I don't think you are wasting your time. I think a stir once the fire has taken hold is good for evenly distributing the heat and helping to speed up the time to clear smoke. Just my opinion.
    XL BGE; Medium BGE; L BGE 
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