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Entries in MAPP Torch (2)

Monday
Sep052016

How to light a Big Green Egg

There a lots of ways to light the charcoal in a Big Green Egg.  No one agrees on the best method, but everyone agrees that N-E-V-E-R use lighter fluid.  

I've tried lots of methods, from starter cubes, charcoal chimneys, and even a napkin dipped in olive oil.  But for me, the quickest and surest method is a MAPP Gas torch.  This is a little different that a propane torch like you might use for sweating copper joints.  The key differences are that MAPP burns a little hotter, and the biggie is that the torch will burn when you hold it upside down (as you would when sticking into the bottom of the Big Green Egg).

I recommend a self igniting torch with a locking trigger.  That way you can tip the MAPP bottle up on end and rest it against the side of the pit with it lit. This is the one I use and you can pick it up at Amazon or your local home improvement store.

 

What's your favorite method for lighting the charcoal in your pit?  Drop me a note in the comments and let me know.

Cheers,
Braddog

 

Friday
Jan022009

Tip: Big Green Egg Frozen Shut

Last week, I wrote a post about gasket replacement on the Big Green Egg.  Based on feedback, it's seems like a post on how to get your frozen BGE open is in order.  This is really a pretty simple and there are a couple of ways to go about it.bge_snow


  1. The first method is to remove the ceramic top (You do use your ceramic top to snuff the fire don't you?).  Light a couple of starter cubes and drop them inside.  They'll land on the cooking grate, but should burn long enough and create enough heat to thaw the frozen gasket.

  2. The second method works on similar principals but starts at the other end of the egg.  Light a couple of cubes and shove them through the bottom vent under the fire grate.  Likewise, they should burn long enough to get the job done but with the added benefit of possibly lighting the remaining lump in the BGE (You do use lump charcoal don't you?).  Alternatively, if you light your BGE with a MAPP Torch or something similar you can direct the torch at the fire grate and re-light the remaining lump.

I hope these tips help you out if you find yourself frozen out!

Cheers,
Braddog


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