Hi- awesome to be part of the EGG group!!
wow. We've had our LG Egg for 3 weeks now and we've cooked more on this Egg than we've ever cooked on approximately 3-4 small-large gas grills that we've had over the last 15+ years! And, the results have been so much better.
Also, I'm a novice griller as well so I really have no idea what I'm doing on grilling or smoking food. We haven't even used the Egg to smoke anything yet - can't wait to try this though!
I do have a couple of questions --
1) using BGE charcoal (and some sort of gel that I use to light it), I'm not really understanding how I get my Egg to heat up in a 'normal' amount of time. Maybe I need to understand what 'normal' heat-up time is but for example, I just got my Egg to 425 degrees so we can cook pizza on the Egg .. (2nd time to do this - awesome!!) ... but it's taken me about 45-55 minutes to get my temp right. I got it going, temp up to 500-600 degrees, then brought it down with our ceramic pizza stone in there ... now it's down to around 425 & the plate is heated.
Is this right? Normal in my timing? I have no idea
2) I've been using BGE charcoal & reading the NakedWhiz web site and thinking of trying other charcoal. So far, the BGE is fine - for what I understand. I really want to have it light faster, burn long, last long & have hardly any waste/ash ... and if it can have a flavor, better yet! Are these goals practical and make sense? Thinking of trying the following and for someone who doesn't know anything, if you want to comment, I'd appreciate it:
(a) ozark oak lump, (b) wicked good, (c) real montana, & (d) royal oak (since it's same as BGE??)
anyway, going to try these
we've cooked probably 50+/- chicken breasts (& frozen them), burgers, hot dogs, pizzas (awesome!) and one steak ... I'm very much enjoying this more than I have any other grill that I've had. We bought the Large with the stand, pizza stone with that ceramic stand-convection deal.
any other things I should try as we progress in our Eggperience??