Loading, Lighting & Re-Lighting your Big Green Egg

A simple step by step guide

How To Light Your Egg

Place a firelighter or two on top of some coals and light them.

Leave the lid open for 10 minutes for the firelighters to burn off. Some grey glowing embers will remain, surrounded by some unburnt charcoal. This is perfectly normal.

Don’t be tempted to stoke the charcoal or move them around. The unique design of the EGG allows it to burn from the bottom of the ceramic firebox and disturbing the coals at this stage will affect its burning efficiency.

Close the lid and enjoy a cold one as you wait for the accurate temperature control to take effect! It’s like cooking in your oven – outdoors!

Re-Lighting Your Egg

You will find that much of the charcoal you started out with for your previous cookout was not consumed. If you closed both the top and bottom openings when your finished cooking, the remaining charcoal can be reused. Before firing up the EGG, use an ash tool to rake the coals across the cast iron fire grate; the ash will fall through the holes in the grate and into the bottom of the EGG. Add charcoal if necessary to bring the level back to the top of the fire box.

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