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Starting the Egg

Tony S.Tony S. Posts: 114
edited 2:47AM in EggHead Forum
Can I use ZIP bbq started cubes in the Egg? Was wondering about the smell? Does it give off fumes that would hurt the egg?
Manitoba, Canada Large BGE


  • I wouldn't use zips they do leave a smell behind. And by the way, you've posted a fair amount but I missed it, hello from another "on the prairies" Canadian.

  • easiet thing to do is to use paper towel with oil. simple and quick

    Large egg and mini max egg plus a Blackstone griddle

    South Ga. cooking fool !!!!!!!!

  • BrocBroc Posts: 1,398
    Agreed re: paper towel and olive oil [or any kind of kitchen oil]

    Simply twist a paper towel or table napkin into a "wick" and dab it with oil. I use three of these things...

    Place them on top of your lump, then gingerly place a few more lumpettes on top of the "wicks"

    It will be a smokey start -- wait for the smoke to clear, first from the oil, and then from the VOCs burning off the lump -- and introduce the food. Generally, I wait about half an hour for this, as I'm really fussy about "stinkies" being in the food.

    If you have a weed burner, or other propane propelled torch -- fast'n-furious... much faster than OO and paper towels.

    ~ B
  • ShiffShiff Posts: 1,598
    I've tried all kinds of ways of starting the egg and the best for me is to use 91% rubbing alcohol - easily obtained at Wal-Mart. I put a tiny hole in the top seal and then squirt a little in 3 or 4 places around the charcoal and light it. It burns quickly and cleanly and gets the charcoal going very fast.
    Large BGE
    Barry, Lancaster, PA
  • Clay QClay Q Posts: 4,435
    I'll have to give your method a try. A clean start without stinky black smoke is what I like.
    Thanks for the idea.
  • ShiffShiff Posts: 1,598
    Just make sure you get the 91% alcohol since the most common type is 70% and that has too much water in it. Wal-Mart sells both kinds in their pharmacy department.
    Large BGE
    Barry, Lancaster, PA
  • WhipstockWhipstock Posts: 104
    Thanks, I'll use that starting method next time.
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