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Advice for the break in---how much charcoal for initial low heat burn? How hot? How long? How many times---was told under 350 and do it 3 times for cure of gasket.

Any other tips?
LBGE, Weber Summit 4 burner--Philadelphia, PA
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  • Go up to the fire ring is fine.  

    They say 350°, but I don't think I followed that.  

    Cook a butt first for low and slow.  Very forgiving meat that you'll get instant success from, more than likely.  

    I do recommend getting to know it first.  Fill it, light it, and play with the vents.  Bottom is macro, top is micro.  
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  • Anything chicken or pork is a good start and really shines no matter what cooking format you're transitioning from.  

    Congrats and enjoy the process!!!

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    2 Large
    Peachtree Corners, GA
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 16,779
    edited September 2017
    Welcome aboard and enjoy the journey.  The search function here will yield lots of threads on about any topic you may be interested in.  Above all, have fun.
    Edit:  cook something that was a favorite on a prior grill and notice the difference (if any).  
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 6,345
    edited September 2017
    I agree with Tarheelmatt. Don't worry about the 350 degrees. It's only for the gasket. The gasket will come off at some point or another down the road no matter how much you baby it. Ask away with questions. Always someone to help 
  • six_eggsix_egg Posts: 965
    Welcome to the Group. The others above have you covered.


    Texarkana, TX

  • CTMikeCTMike Posts: 1,677
    First thing you need to do is put your credit cards in a safe deposit box. This place will spend your money so fast your head will spin. 

    Second, fire it up and cook a fatty. 
    MMBGE / Large BGE / XL BGE (Craigslist Find) / SF30x80 cabinet trailer - "Ol' Mortimer" / Outdoor kitchen in progress.  

    Southeastern CT. 
  • … I shared your eggcitement not too long ago. Personally, I did three burns (no food) under 350° just to acclimate myself with the vents. Patience, Grasshopper … you're gonna luv it. 
  • kl8tonkl8ton Posts: 2,296
    Welcome, welcome!

    Put your City and State in your signature line.  Also, adding your cooking equipment in there helps others help you.

    Have fun!
    LBGE - 36Blackstone
    Grand Rapids MI
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 11,992
  • MeTedMeTed Posts: 717
    Sort of the same thing at Tarheelmatt said, think of the bottom vent as the gas and the top vent as the brake.
    Belleville, Michigan

    Just burnin lump in Sumpter
  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 16,941
    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
  • Jai-BoJai-Bo Posts: 566
    Congrats coming aboard to the family!!!  My 1st cook was the America's Favorite...Hot dogs/hamburgers...
    Hunting-Fishing-Cookin' on my EGG! Nothing else compares!
  • Rte1985Rte1985 Posts: 304
    First congrats!  Did a butt the first cook. Load your lump up to fire ring or you'll end up like me at 5 in the morn reloading!  Wait for good smoke!  Also don't get to attached to your visa! 
  • Welcome brother... others got you covered 
    Charlotte, NC - Large BGE 2014, Maverick ET 733, Thermopen, Nest, Platesetter, Woo2 and Extender w/Grid, Kick Ash Basket, Pizza Stone, SS Smokeware Cap, Blackstone 36"
  • Welcome!

    Charlotte NC - Large Big Green Egg (2009) w/Nest and Handler
    Accessories: PSWOO, Adjustable Rig, Smokeware Cap and Temperature Gauge
  • Welcome!
    SC AL
  • SamIAm2SamIAm2 Posts: 759
    Welcome to the forum. Have fun and if you are going to cook scrapple in your new large, get a cast iron skillet. :)  
    Ubi panis, ibi patria.
    Large - Roswell rig, MiniMax-PS Woo; Cocoa, Fl.
  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 12,275
    Yeah, the least expensive aspect of owning a BGE is the initial purchase. Everything that follows is where you will see your life savings dwindle to nothing.
    Worth every penny.
    Have fun.
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • bluebird66bluebird66 Posts: 2,035
    Large Egg with adjustable rig, Kick Ash Basket and various Weber's
    Floyd Va

  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 11,992
    edited September 2017
    YukonRon said:
    Yeah, the least expensive aspect of owning a BGE is the initial purchase. Everything that follows is where you will see your life savings dwindle to nothing.
    Worth every penny.
    Have fun.
    You don't need 3/4 of the crap that people on here swear by. If you don't get caught up in the forum "must haves", it's not overly expensive. 
  • DobieDobie Posts: 2,381
    Just fire it up and play with the vents for a couple hours to start getting a feel for temp control. Wait 15 or 20 minutes between changes, it's not immediate. Then throw some chicken on, easy and cheap.
    Not playing well with others in Jacksonville FL
  • dsrgunsdsrguns Posts: 360
    Welcome. I recommend getting a thermopen or similar. 
    XL BGE
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