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First fire question

Going to fire up my large BGE for the first time as recommended.  Not cooking anything.  How much charcoal should I use for a couple hours at 350? 


  • bikesAndBBQbikesAndBBQ Posts: 159
    Be careful about going around 350 for the first run. The instructions say keep below 350 for the first few cooks so the gaskets can really set in. My first cook I did a meatloaf at 250ish.  It came out fine.  
    Pittsburgh, PA. LBGE
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 16,457
    Most folks ignore temp issue on the first run but to each his own.  Top of the firebox will easily last you a couple hours at 350.  Why not cook some wings while your at it?  Raised of course.
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • EoinEoin Posts: 1,508
    First fire for me was a 30 lb turkey!
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 11,895
    edited March 2017
    Fill it up to the fire ring and let it burn while you play with the vent settings. 

  • ColtsFanColtsFan Posts: 1,769
    Always fill it up. Lump doesn't go to waste. I did Wings and legs for my first fire/cook. 

    Two large BGE, KJ Jr, 36" Blackstone, FlameBoss 300
    Follow me on Instagram @ hoosier_egger
    Bloomington, IN - Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoosiers!
  • pgprescottpgprescott Posts: 10,513
    Fill it up and simulate a cook you would like to accomplish. Try to catch 250. Then bump the temp. You will learn more this way. 
  • ThTT

  • First fire went quite well. First I checked the temp gauge for accuracy with boiling water. It was very close. Filled charcoal to the ring and lit it with a Bernzomatic torch.  It was easier than I expected to light.  Began with both vents opened about 1" and the temp rose steadily. At 250 I closed both to about 3/4" and the temp continued to rise.  At 300 I decided to throw a  couple of hot dogs on.  LOL!  When temp hit 350 I close both vents down to 1/2" open.  Held a steady 300.  Shut both vents after about 2 1/2 hours.  Still cooling down.  Hot dogs were good BTW.  I have to say I'm very surprised that there was no obvious smoke from the chimney!  All in all, a good experience.  Thanks to all you experts for the help.  JR
  • camofreakcamofreak Posts: 140
    Ain't it awesome!!! I'm doing my third cook right now. Baby Back Ribs. 
    Green Eggin' in South Carolina
    Go Gamecocks!!!
  • ColtsFanColtsFan Posts: 1,769
    Good deal! Many great days of eggsperiences ahead of you. 
    Two large BGE, KJ Jr, 36" Blackstone, FlameBoss 300
    Follow me on Instagram @ hoosier_egger
    Bloomington, IN - Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoosiers!
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