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Green Egg Start-up

edited 8:22AM in EggHead Forum
Start-up with paper is a slow process. An electric starter also leaves a bit to be desired. Only the tip reaches the charcoal below the nest causing only a portion of the the charcoal needed for
cooking temporatures... The answer is a old hairdryer.....use paper per instructions and open both vents 100%.. Using a dryer at full speed at the lower vent would give your temporatures of 350+ in about 2.5 minutes. In the process it will blow up some of the charcoal dust and give you a mini fireworks display. Caution, do not try this in your home or under a deck.....


  • SmokeySmokey Posts: 2,468
    Charles E. Flinchbaugh,[p]I've been using webber fire starter cubes for the past three years and have been very happy with them. They are quick and easy![p]smokey.gif
  • Ca_rnivoreCa_rnivore Posts: 120
    Smokey,[p]Do you use a whole cube in the center of the egg, or multiple cubes scattered around it? I recently decided to try cutting a cube into quarters and starting 4 mini fires in the egg. I have no concrete proof, but it seems to give me a more even cooking temp at all points of the grill ie. my eggs hotspots are not as noticeable now. On my "not-green" ceramic cooker, building a good fire and getting it spread evenly in the fire box is the key to good results. This is probably true for the BGE as well.[p]Just curious,

  • Trout BumTrout Bum Posts: 343
    Charles E. Flinchbaugh,
    I've had great success with the electric starter from BGE.
    I put it in the middle of the old lump and pour some fresh lump on top of it and open the bottom vent all the way.
    Usually in 3-5 minutes I remove it, close the dome and open the daisy all the way. 10 or so minutes later I'm up in the 300 degree range or higher.
    B D

  • MarvMarv Posts: 177
    Smokey, I too use the Weber starter cubes. I use 3 scattered around so I can get a more even fire.
    They are not that expensive to use so I see no reason to try cutting them into smaller peices.[p] Marv

  • char buddychar buddy Posts: 562
    Ca_rnivore,[p]When I want a low/slow fire, I just put one cube in the center on top.[p]For a barn burner I put two, maybe three cubes underneath the grate and light from below.[p]When I am in a hurry, I use a MAPP (gas) torch and light up several places on top. Gets you there (500º) in 10 mintues. [p]CB

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