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Hot Spot Help

semper fi shanesemper fi shane Posts: 27
edited 7:43PM in EggHead Forum
I'm a new BGE owner and I'm "eggsited"!

Just wondering how I can eliminate the hot spot on the coals, usually to the left side where the coal starter was can i get the coals burned evenly?


  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    Not sure how you are loading the lump or lighting.

    Use indirect cooking will help.

    Lighting in several places and if the cook will permit use less lump in the fire box. I usually light 3, 6, 9 O'Clock and center.

    Welcome to the forum.

  • i'm loading the coal evenly,about 1 inch above the vent holes and lighting it in 2 spots, about 10 o'clock and 5 o'clock..
  • Little ChefLittle Chef Posts: 4,725
    Shane: Welcome! If you think you are eggcited now, wait 'till you start eating the amazing food!
    As far as the hot spots, as GG said, light in more places. We use a weed burner, and have used Mapp gas in the past with great results. Also, sacrifice a long handled metal spatula. Once the spots get going, you can stir the lump to redistribute the lit ones, which will catch additional lump, then leave the lid open a couple minutes. You'll have an even fire in no time.
    Again, welcome, and Happy Eggin'!
  • Thanks LC, great idea...slow roasting chicken tonight...
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    I seem to have a hotter spot towards the back of the when lighting evenly. On shorter cooks I light left and right of center about 1/2 way between center and the side.

    You may try lighting at 4 and 7 o'clock.

    That low of a lump level and cooking at fire ring level should give you a good cook. Keep in mind you can easily rotate that grate if needed.

    In general the eggs cook pretty evenly.

  • Little ChefLittle Chef Posts: 4,725
    If you truly want to slow roast, don't get the fire going too hot! We prefer our birds roasted about 400* indirect, but again, chicken is another cook that there are about 100 ways to accomplish. Do what you are most comfortable with. Best to you! It'll be great.
  • FSM-MeatballFSM-Meatball Posts: 215
    I light mine with a chimney starter and when I drop the hot lump in, I stir it up a bit to make sure I get an even light. Other people just light in several places, but either way giving it a little stir with a long piece of metal might help.
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