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I'm thinking of joining the Big Green Egg movement. I'm looking to purchase a large one.[p]Just wondering how long it takes to fire up the large egg to grilling temperature? [p]Thanks[p]BrerRabbit


  • Gene613Gene613 Posts: 53
    It takes about 10 mintues well worth the wait.

  • Wise OneWise One Posts: 2,645
    BrerRabbit, depends on what you mean by "grilling" temp. It takes me about 10 to 15 minutes to get up to 350 or so and if I want 500 it takes around 30 minutes. One thing to keep in mind: If you want to achieve a temperature on a BGE, be sure not to let it go past. The BGE heats up pretty quick but cools down rather slowly.

  • BrerRabbit,
    Just "joined" this past Saturday - and I will tell you from 1st hand newbie experience; about 10 minutes when using a Weber charcoal lighting chimney

  • BrerRabbit,
    I'm a newbee to the egging world so take this for what it's worth. I was amazed at how fast the egg reached a target temp of 600 degrees, heck I was shocked that it would reach these type of temperatures. I don't know if it's the lump I use or what, but my cooks (grilling) turn out better if I get the egg to my target temp, then stabalize it at that temp for about 20 minutes to get a "clean burn", especially if I'm cooking chicken or hamburger. This is probably overkill on my part.

  • FlaMikeFlaMike Posts: 648
    BrerRabbit, I like to let it settle in for about an hour. Gives the ceramic time to heat up, and also lets the wood chunks burn off the bitter white billowy smoke. I can't seem to speed that part up.

  • BrerRabbit,[p]I’ve only cooked on mine for a few months but think 10 minutes is a bit of a stretch to really be ready to cook on. 20 to 30 minutes works better for me. And as others have said… well worth the wait.
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,020
    depending on my target temp for cooking and/or how good the beer tastes, 1 to 2 beverages.

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