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Hello from Melbourne. Middle aged novice griller. have a gas Webber then moved to a offset Traeger and am now trying for direct charcoal grilling with an Akorn Junior. Any tips on how to build a fire to get high temps? 

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Welcome to the forum dayan.  I don't have an Akorn so wouldn't be the right person to talk specifics.  In general, use a full load of charcoal and then get it started with a couple of fire starters to get a good amount of the coal lit quickly.  Then go wide open on all the vents and your grill will get hot pretty quick.  Use the dome thermometer and start dialing down the top and bottom vents when the temperature gets to 10% of what your trying to achieve.  Example:  If your shooting for 500F, start adjusting the top and bottom vents at about 450.  It's going to take some practice so be patient.  Best of luck

 

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Smaller chunks will also burn hotter than fewer, larger pieces of charcoal.

 

Welcome to the club from a Canadian Akorn nut! Remember, we will need to see photos of your cooks in order to validate your parking.

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Welcome to the Guru there are a lot of great people and information around here.   I agree with the posts above about getting high temp but would add don't walk away from your grill when doing this.  It will go thermonuclear before you know it and that's not a situation you want to be in.  Also make sure you burn the grill before you open it especially if you've had a hot fire and your trying to bring your temperatures down to do something else. 

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