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New XL

edited 7:09PM in EggHead Forum
I just got an "XL", my first BGE. I'm using a Weber Chimney to light my charcoal. How much charcoal is reccomended for an XL, I was only able to get it to about 450 with one full chimney?


  • whorq, load that bad boy up!
  • whorq, load it at least to the top of the firebox.
  • Okay top of firebox, but is it going to consume lots of fuel? I understood these things are supposed to be fuel efficient. I used nearly a full chimney on just some chicken breasts. I would not have used this much in a weber which is really not much bigger.
  • YBYB Posts: 3,861
    It takes about 10# of lump to fill up the XL.

  • JakeJake Posts: 92
    Load it up, and don't look back.

  • HaggisHaggis Posts: 998
    whoq,[p]I've used a weber chimney to start fires for years and while it works fine as a measure of briquets for a regular grill, it doesn't come anywhere near enough for even a large BGE, let alone an XL.
  • RollocksRollocks Posts: 570
    I have the XL Egg. When I want a high temp (above 700 degrees) I put about 4 inches of lump in box. I light a firestarter stick set it in the middle of the lum p and go and drink a beer or two. In 10-15 minutes I shut the lid with the vents wide open. In less than 1/2 of beer the temp is up to 700 and I'm ready to put on the steaks. When I'm done cooking I shut the vents and most of the lump is there next time I use the egg.
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