Hey, everyone, new guy here (to both the forum and kamado cooking). My question is about starting up the charcoal. Right now I'm using a chimney starter with newspaper, but I hate the bloom of acrid smoke I get from the paper, so I picked up some paraffin starting cubes. Unfortunately I can't seem to use the cubes with the chimney because they fall through the grate (I have to set the chimney on the grate because I don't really have anywhere else to set it, no concrete on my patio). Can I just start the coals by stacking them in a pile on the grate and sticking a cube in the middle of the pile?
Or, let me approach this a different way... How do you start your coals up?
I have been a long time member here, I started my Kamado 4 years ago on a BJ special Brinkman, now out of business. Well my firebox cracked as did my place setter, but that thing taught me a lot about cooking on a Kamado and ensuring how to seal it up and overcome that models challenges.
Well today I join the Egghead club in a big way with the BGE XL. I am super stoked to get grilling on my new baby.
My buddy cuts grass and a client of his had this in their garage for years. I think I made a very solid purchase for $300(hope so?)
I’ve read a bit on here, and I’m assuming this is a late 90’s model(Richard Johnson-right?)
There’s no loose tiles, the part on top spins freely, and only one little chip on one tile right by the back hinge.
the shocks/springs squeal a bit, but I haven’t started messing with it.
it’s about 50” tall
no place for gas starter in back(I’ve seen a square on a similar one)
the tile is in greaaaat shape. That seems to be the biggest issues Ive read about
Thanks for all ya’ll do. This page has been a great resource before I bought it.