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Dome Temp / Grill Temp & Lighting Question

seadubseadub Posts: 20
edited May 2012 in EggHead Forum

I just received a BGE for a wedding gift and had a couple quick questions. 

1st question

When lighting the charcoal for a long smoke (12-14 hours) what are some tips I should follow?  How much to fill? Should I light only one side of the egg and let burn opposite way or just light in the middle?

2nd question

How fat off is the dome temp from the grill temp?  If I want to smoke at around 230 where do I need to be at for dome temp?



  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 6,925

    Long cook I fill to top of fire ring and light in the middle. If using smoke, mix chips throughout the lump.

    I have found that the dome is around 20 degrees off. 250 dome is 230 grate--- approximately. The longer cooks it eventually evens out.

    Good luck and take pictures.

    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
  • EggbertsdadEggbertsdad Posts: 804
    Congrats...and we like to see pics of everyone's cooks on here. 
    Sarasota, FL via Boynton Beach, FL, via Sarasota, FL, via Charleston, SC, via The Outer Banks, via God's Country (East TN on Ft. Loudon Lake)
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 16,794
    Here's a great primer site that should help with the learning curve:  And the above info is on the mark-remember you can never load too much lump-the dome temp dictates the size of the fire.
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • seadubseadub Posts: 20
    Thanks guys, setting up this weekend and will grab some pics. 
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