To fill your EGG, we recommend using Big Green Egg 100% Natural Lump Charcoal, made from a selection of 100% hardwoods. Our 100% Lump Charcoal is made from select cuts of oak and hickory for superb performance and results and will heat quickly and burn cleanly.
Fill the firebox to the top of the rim with Lump Charcoal
Lighting the charcoal is always quick and easy, as the design of the Big Green Egg allows air flow to circulate efficiently. Consider using two or more Charcoal Starters – All Natural SpeediLight to help speed up the lighting process. The EGG will reach cooking temperatures in 10-15 minutes of lighting.
Ensure the Draft Door below is fully open then place theCharcoal Starters – All Natural SpeediLight in the centre of the lump charcoal and light. Replace the stainless steel grid and wait 7-10 minutes for the fire to take hold before closing the dome lid and fully opening the Dual Function Metal Top until the desired temperature is reached.
You should always reuse the remaining charcoal. Use the Ash Tool to rake the coals across the cast iron fire grate so that the ash will fall to the bottom of the EGG. If necessary, add more lump charcoal to bring the levels just up under the air holes. You are now ready to light the EGG.
Periodically, you should use the Ash Tool to rake out the ash that falls to the bottom of the EGG and check that the Fire Box air holes aren’t being blocked by charcoal, thereby reducing air flow.
Never use lighter fluids, charcoal briquettes, self-starting charcoal in the Big Green Egg as they permanently contaminate your EGG with petrochemicals, tainting the flavour of your food.
Do not cook at high temperatures on your first cook. This may damage the gasket before it can properly seal. You should keep temperatures under 177°C for your first few cooks.
Do not leave the dome lid open when cooking for more than 10 minutes. Opening the lid increases the amount of heat generated and causes temperatures to increase rapidly. Unrestricted charcoal can burn at temperatures in excess of 2500°C (4530°F) and this can result in damage to the EGG’s ceramics.