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About to do an all nighter....

mjs2171mjs2171 Posts: 26
edited September 2012 in EggHead Forum
This is my 2nd one.  Quick question about the lump charcoal.  The 1st time around the egg was empty so I used new lump charcoal and of course filled it up good.  This time around I have some semi used pieces after I have raked them and got all the small and loose particles/ash out of it.  So, my question is should I empty and start fresh, or pile up on the pieces that are still left.

Thanks in advance for any and all help!


  • Burn up the old.  The Egg doesn't mind a bit.
    Flint, Michigan
  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,528
    I'm five hours into a brisket. Had half a firebox left in the Egg, so I took it all out, cleaned all the ash out, then repacked the firebox, using a mix of new and old. That's always worked for me.
    It's not a science, it's an art. And it's flawed.
    - Camp Hill, PA
  • I'm about an hour away from putting on a 12.5 lb brisket.  I did Porterhouse steaks earlier.  Plan to fill up with new lump on top of the old, add some chunks and let the Stoker take control all night.

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  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,528
    I need to be done and FTC'd by 8am EDT so I can pack up and drive a couple hours. Brisket is for lunch. Just entered the stall at 150 (dropped from 154). Hoping for a long enough stall to not get done too early. Either way, it's going to be a night with not too much sleep.
    It's not a science, it's an art. And it's flawed.
    - Camp Hill, PA
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