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Old 03-31-2011, 10:49 PM   #21
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i use this thermometer, and I believe I got it at Academy.....

http://www.giftngadget.com/ci00648.html

the back half of the display is hinged so that you can adjust the angle to see it from a distance. I usually roll my egg table so I can see it form my back door, and when I walk past it, I can just look out and see where my temps are.

Make sure that you get the ones with the "metal" wire, by that, I mean that rather than plastic insulation, it appears to be a metal braided looking material. I have seen and used the plastic ones, and even thought the packaging states can be used up to 700 degrees, it can not.

Also with this particular model, you can not measure temps above 390 something ( i forget the exact number. I still keep the old analog thermometer around for the rare occasion when I cook above 400, but most of my cooking is below 350 ).

I actually have 4 or 5 of these thermometers, and will label them according to what I am cooking. One will say "fire" another "beef" or "pork" or whatever.

Also to those above who advised using a shop vac to clean out ashes, I am sure you all make sure the ashes are stone cold before doing so.

I can tell you as a former fighter that I have responded to more than one house fire, started by hot ashes in a trash can, or a shop vac. BGE's do a great job of insulating themselves, and I am sure those ashes can stay hotter than expected, for longer than expected. I personally use the ash tool, and a metal pail. ( anyhow, that's my preaching for the evening, like I said, I am sure most of us know what we are doing, just pointing out the obvious ! )
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:04 PM   #22
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i have always wanted to try the keg, so I can compare them for myself. When can I come over
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:25 PM   #23
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[QUOTE=Hot Reels;646538]i have always wanted to try the keg, so I can compare them for myself. When can I come over
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Sir, as a token of my good faith to you, i will meet you and deliver my keg to you and let you keep it for a week and try it for yourself. thats like loaning out the old lady, you know you never get em back in the same shape, but its yours to try.
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:27 AM   #24
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yes I won peoples choice. I dont remember what # I was, I think 10 or 13
Which one did you like
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IT was either 13 or 14
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:33 AM   #25
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Thanks for all of the help and suggestions. I was all set to go the Escambia Elec when my wife found a used lg egg that was to good of a price to pass up. Looking forward to the weekend!!

Did have a question about how much charcoal (lump of course) should I start out with. Fill it to nearly the top of the firebox?
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:42 AM   #26
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I fill the lump charcoal to just above the opening in the firebox, no need to fill it higher than that. The charcoal lasts a long time.
Be careful with the thermometer probe - stored some stuff in the BGE and bent the probe when I closed the lid. Didn't notice it until I was cooking and realized, when the fire flashed on me, that the temp was above 300-400 degrees. Easy to replace and the hair on my arms grew back but it was a mistake I hope to only make once.
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I fill the lump charcoal to just above the opening in the firebox, no need to fill it higher than that. The charcoal lasts a long time.
Be careful with the thermometer probe - stored some stuff in the BGE and bent the probe when I closed the lid. Didn't notice it until I was cooking and realized, when the fire flashed on me, that the temp was above 300-400 degrees. Easy to replace and the hair on my arms grew back but it was a mistake I hope to only make once.
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:16 AM   #28
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As I look at my hand I wonder..... When will the hair grow back........I did burp it didn't I......Yes....Get a glove and leave it on the Egg table......Yep hair does grow back but it does take longer if you keep burning it off every few days!


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