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Hello to all that read this.  I am excited to have received my lump of coal for Christmas, and a red Kamado Joe in which to burn it!


I pretty much know what I am doing with my Weber Genesis propane, and my basic Weber charcoal kettle. The ceramic cooker is completely new to me, so I will be soaking up all the input I can get.


Right now I am thinking about starting my first fire in it, and reading ideas for the initial burn.  In my google search about that topic, I found this great forum and look forward to participating.


Jim, in Texas


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Thanks for all the comments.  I am excited to have this cooker out on the patio.

I got it running today with the first load of lump charcoal. I watched a lot of videos on these cookers over the last couple of days, and with what I had seen on the web, I found it was easy to get it started.  I used a couple of starter blocks.  
I was cautious to begin trimming the air flow as it got to about 150 deg F.  Before long I had it stable at about 250-265.  
A simple rack of St. Louis pork ribs picked up at the last minute from Kroger, has been out there for 2 hours now.
I am beyond impressed at the ceramic egg cooker holding temp so stable. We had a rainstorm go through, and it was unaffected.
I do love using my Weber kettle, but I know it won't do what I have experienced so far.
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