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Wicked Good - NOT!

elzbthelzbth Posts: 2,075
edited 9:25AM in EggHead Forum
I am having a very difficult time getting the egg going today. I have always used the starter cubes with, which have worked for me. I've used them with the Fresh Market store brand lump, but last week opened a bag of Wicked Good. The first cook was a snap. Today, I'm ready to scream. Any secrets to starting this stuff??


  • thebtlsthebtls Posts: 2,300
    Some here on the forum buy it by the pallet and swear by it; personally I bought one bag several months back and cooked with it one time and put the rest out to the trash the next Tuesday.

    As far as lighting difficulties I don't like the cubes myself because they smoke, I use the landmann fire starters and never have to relight a single fire box full of any kind of lump myself.p2707809reg.jpg
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 12,859
    I bought 15 bags of WG last fall. Been using it ever since. Never had a problem and love the stuff. I have used cubes, 91% isopropyl and MAPP. MAPP's the best for me, but they all work.

    You sure it didn't get wet?

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!


    Central Connecticut 

  • very dense. needs some time, and maybe an extra starter cube.

    the density is a good thing, but makes it harder to start.
  • Car Wash MikeCar Wash Mike Posts: 11,244
    I liked it for long cooks. I use Chigger Creek for fast and hot.

  • elzbthelzbth Posts: 2,075
    Thanks everyone. I've used it before, just never had problems lighting it - this bag has more large pieces than the others I've used (I bought 12 bags about 3 years ago). It was not wet - I wonder if the starter cubes were somehow the culprit. Sometimes things just don't work out. I'll try again.
  • Just for the record...
    I use WG and RO, starting it with birch bark, a gas torch or 91% alcohol and it all works well with the torch being the fastest.
    However, I too have had trouble upon occasion starting the lump and I think...
    Wet is a relative thing as in relative humidity. We have been in a “wet weather pattern” of late and even though my lump is stored, up off the floor, out in my woodshop it takes a bit more time to get going well after a week or two of rain.
    Just my observation.
  • It's great charcoal. It is the only type my Egg has ever had in it. I have never had even remotely a problem starting it. It sounds like it is more how you are trying to light it. Alternatively, it is possibly moist or humid. Where do you store it?
  • I use WGC and started out using the BGE fire starter cubes. A good friend of mine showed me the BBQ Guru's "5-in-1 Golf Club" and after I saw it, I had to have it.

    This thing starts my lump in 5 minutes regardless if the lump is fresh or has been used before.
  • Big PapaBig Papa Posts: 220
    I love it !!!!

    I will not use any other Lump Hardwood.
  • ranger rayranger ray Posts: 812
    it probably got damp..... i don't know where you're from.... but the humidity has been extreme here... perhaps after opening the bag store it in a low humidity area ...or seal it in a plastic bag.... thanks! ray
  • SkySawSkySaw Posts: 637
    I use Maple Leaf lump almost exclusively. I had the chance to buy some Wicked Good ww for a good deal, so I picked up a couple of bags just to try it.

    I too found it took a long time to get going, but the thing that actually bothered me about the ww was how much white ash it produced. I had never seen a fine layer of white ash all over the inside of my egg before. Although I agree that the ww has one of the most subtle wood smoke tastes, I found that the ash was also on my food.

    The bags I received had such large pieces that I had to bust the lump up to get an even distribution of piece sizes. Busting lump - who would have thought?!

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