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How to light a fire and get HOT QUICKLY in a Ceramic Kamado

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2 hours ago, dufchick said:

What is the purpose of covering the holes inside where the charcoal sits? Would this work with less charcoal or is this important too? This is an awesome lesson.  I tried to cook steaks once so far after work and it was super late by the time they were done and I wished there were flames and heat as shown in this video. I knew there had to be a trick to get super hot quickly!!

 

There is no purpose in that other than to have enough charcoal in the firebox to get a hot fire going quickly.  

 

This technique is just a basic technique.  There are other ways to do it if you want to get on the extreme side of things.  @BEER-N-BBQ by Larry mentions using a leaf blower.  The more airflow you can get going through your grill the faster it will get hot.  I personally prefer to not use forced air because it causes lump charcoal to spark and crackle more than it would on its own.  I get concerned about blowing sparks out of the top side of the grill.  

 

In MY case, I typically don't need a fire that big for my cooking.  I like to use the charcoal divider in the kamado joe and just get a hot fire going on one side of the grill.  I will most often use my charcoal chimney to start up the coals for that.  That takes about 15 to 20 minutes also but it's getting a raging fire going on a lot smaller quantity of coals.

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7 hours ago, John Setzler said:

 

There is no purpose in that other than to have enough charcoal in the firebox to get a hot fire going quickly.  

 

 OK Understood. I am going to try again but I do think I will skip the leaf blower. I have a fan I can use though, I get the idea. So great to get these lessons about using the Kamado!!

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I have in a short time learned to use a fan that I use to keep mosquitoes

 at bay to quick start my KJ. I angle mine at the bottom vent. It creates a vortex tornado in the Joe. You must then shut everything down or the lump will burn to ash in quick fashion.

 

Ben in N.C.

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Just got my kamado (Lousiana Grills K24 from Costco).  To get it going fast, I light the coals, and hold a fan for a minute on high. Edit: I hold the fan over the open lid, blowing down on the coals at an angle, so as not to be directly above. I can set the fan on the shelf, angled down.

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On 3/11/2019 at 7:16 PM, John Setzler said:

 

 

I still see a lot of newer kamado owners struggling to get HOT in an hurry.  This video shows you how to light up and get hot as fast as possible in a typical ceramic kamado grill.  I don't believe there is a faster way to do this that I would actually recommend.   You should be able to speed it up a little by possibly using 4 or maybe even 5 fire starters.  

 

 

rubbish. even the owners manual says leave the lid open for 10 minutes. i tried your method tonight and after 1 hour still not passed 300. 

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40 minutes ago, chummley said:

rubbish. even the owners manual says leave the lid open for 10 minutes. i tried your method tonight and after 1 hour still not passed 300. 

 

How can it be rubbish?  I showed you in video how it works.  It works every time.  If it didnt' work for you, you did something differently.

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5 hours ago, chummley said:

rubbish. even the owners manual says leave the lid open for 10 minutes. i tried your method tonight and after 1 hour still not passed 300. 

 

Yeh, I'd come on a forum with first post and call the owner/admin. a liar because you can't work anything but a gasser.:rofl:

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7 hours ago, chummley said:

rubbish. even the owners manual says leave the lid open for 10 minutes. i tried your method tonight and after 1 hour still not passed 300. 

 

318 videos, conservatively 300 cooks that involve starting a Kamado. Yeah, what would he know:roll:

 

 

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9 hours ago, chummley said:

rubbish. even the owners manual says leave the lid open for 10 minutes. i tried your method tonight and after 1 hour still not passed 300. 

 

#keeptrolling

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I cooked some Kalua Pork from a member recipe and had enough charcoal left over to do a cleaning.  I started at 200 deg but did not start the video until 400 deg.  It got to 800+ in under 3 minutes.  Oh yeah, I used a giant fan to pump air into the bottom vent which I show at the end:)  You might want to FF.  The temp continued to climb after the video ended.

 

 

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Anyone dared to try this method?:

 

 

 

 

My personal preference is to use the IKammand/CyberQ/Flame Boss with the temp sensor on the outside (ambient temp) which drives the fan at full speed and quickly gets the KJ up to a high temp.

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