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Old 06-22-2011, 07:48 AM   #1
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Default Doin' the Butt. Will I Need to Add Lump?

I have a large BGE. 8 pound butt. I'm thinking the lump won't last. Topping off the lump after 4.5 hours when I foil the butt could work, I guess.

I've never added lump higher than 2" above the vent holes, per the directions. Maybe I should go higher and layer the lump.Big on bottom, no dust, etc. More fuel but stacked for airflow?
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Old 06-22-2011, 07:58 AM   #2
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Fill the lump to the top of the bowl and then light it in the center only. You didn't mention what temp you are cooking at but I've gone as long as 26 hours in my Large BGE without refueling at 250 dome temp.
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Top of the bowl? You mean that bottom ceramic piece? Light in center only. Great tip!

I'll be shooting for 240F.
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I load mine up to the middle of the fire ring and it will go for over 15 hours at 250. I mix in a lot of chunks and chips of wood to have continual smoke going (we like smoke). And i also only light one small fire and let it go from there.
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OK. The "Bowl" that Ron refers to is the bottom section of ceramic, with the grate. I see that. He fills to the top of that. AB22, you fill to the middle of that second ceramic piece that sits on the bowl?

EDIT: Looking at the BGE site, the "bowl" is the Fire Box. I see the fire ring is the next stacked component. Wow AB22, that seems like a LOT of lump, but I see you stack the lump strategically, which I try and do also.
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Place the large pieces of lump on the bottom to shield the holes in the firegrate, this way the ash will fall thru and allow you to cook uninterrupted for extended period of time.
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That's the plan Porky!
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For an 8lbr you'll have lump left over!!
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That's what I'm gathering. I just haven't been filling with enough wood
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You will be fine - load your lump, add your wood, start with a small fire and take it from there!
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I also have a large BGE and have done many Butts on it. As others have said, fill the Egg full of lump, start will large pieces on the bottom and then fill from there. I have done over 16 hrs and still had plenty of lump left. Make sure you light it in the middle and on the top. There is some great info on this I believe on Naked Whiz web site if you do a search there.
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Top of the bowl? You mean that bottom ceramic piece? Light in center only. Great tip!

I'll be shooting for 240F.
Sorry... I wasn't paying attention to the thread. As I think about it I probably go about half way up the fire ring, too. I don't go to the top of the fire ring just because it seems that the airflow would be limited by having the fire so close to the platesetter.
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I fill about halfway up the fire ring. NEVER have to add more lump. I do use a jiggle stick every few hours unless I'm doing an over fighter.
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Thanks guys. That's great that it'll hold that much. Feelin' good about it.

Mitch, I have a Wiggler and use it. Simple thing that really is effective.
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