WooHoo new ceramic cooker & questions for BGE folks

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by packplantpath, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. packplantpath

    packplantpath Smoking Fanatic

    Ok, So I did manage to get the grilldome off craigslist for $50. Looks pretty good and came with the cart. I'm pretty sure it's the smallest one retailing for about $400, so a decent deal. www.grilldome.com for details on the others and pics. Weighs a good deal, and is awkward, but one person can move it pretty well. One minor mishap with tiedowns (round things are hard to tie) and possibly a broken ceramic ring later, it's home.

    I check out the damage. The ceramic ring holding the grate is broken....crap, crap, crap crap crap[​IMG][​IMG]:pDT_Arm ataz_01_16:....wait[​IMG], it works like a puzzle and can be put together and used anyway[​IMG]. Sweet. I'm not sure if it was like this when I got it or not, it was full of charcoal at the time, and as referenced in my previous post on the subject, my wife was unhappy about the new smoker and ready to go home by this time, so the inspection at the guys house was cursory at best.

    Anyway, on to the questions. No manual is available that I can find. You BGE folks, how do you light the charcoal? I'm guessing pouring a chimney of burning coals would light this baby up to 800 degrees quick!!!! Do you fill er up with coal and light just a few from the bottom and do a minion type thing?

    There is also no baffle between the fire and the grate, so it's direct cooking. Online sources indicate a need for firebricks to block radiant heat when doing long cooks as well as an extra grate extender to sit things on. Seems like poor design to me, but all ceramics may be like this, what do I know. Anyway, I'm excited to try it out.

    I'll do a deconstruction sometime soon and get some pics of this baby up.

    EDIT: Go here and click internal construction for a breakdown of parts.

  2. bubba_t

    bubba_t Newbie

    I use Mapp gas with a burner on a 4' hose to light my BGE. Very fast and very easy.

    Also have used cubes that are made of paraffin and sawdust that are made for BGE.

    Have heard others say they take a paper towel and twist it and then put some cooking oil on it. They light it and supposedly lights the lump quick n easy.

    Couldn't get the pic in the link to work to show me the design of the inside of your cooker, but imagine it's similar to the egg. Unfortunately, it's warranted only to the original owner.

    The bowl inside my eggs been broken for a while. Works just fine in spite of it (I have a spare from BGE in case this one every tuckers out - but as long as it works, I'll keep using it like it is).

    Good luck with your new cooker.
  3. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Congrats on the new smoker.........Sounds like a pretty good deal........Hope you get it figured out.........
  4. packplantpath

    packplantpath Smoking Fanatic

    Does the BGE have no baffle between the fire and the grill grate like this one?

    I just found a diagram from the BGE website, and it looks nearly identical. When cooking butts, is a heat shield needed?
  5. gooose53

    gooose53 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Was the guys name Kenny that had the grill dome?
  6. packplantpath

    packplantpath Smoking Fanatic

    Oddly enough, yes it was. Do you know him? Seemed like a friendly guy, said he was moving and didn't have room for it.
  7. gooose53

    gooose53 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Once you mentioned it I sent and email asking more about it. Didn't know you were serious about the purchase so glad I didn't buy it out from under you. He offered it to me at $30 so hope you got the same price. He said it was gas.....is it? Sounded from his description it would need some work.
  8. packplantpath

    packplantpath Smoking Fanatic

    Hmm, there were two different grills posted in the same ad. One was the ceramic, the other was the gasser. I think $30 was what he wanted for the gasser, but I don't remember and the ad has been pulled from craigslist. Either way, I took it at his offer of $50, and feel pretty good about it. Didn't even try to argue him down on it.

    This one definitely is not gas, and everything is in good shape, even the grate is not rusted.

    I didn't actually plan to get it. I emailed the guy to see where he was located because the post didn't say, figuring he was going to be too far for me to get it. Turns out he was about 10 minutes down the road, so it was fate.

    If I decide to sell it one day, I'll send you a message.
  9. gooose53

    gooose53 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I hope it serves you well for many years!!
  10. simondsjt

    simondsjt Fire Starter

    Grats on a great find! I got my ceramic cooker last month and I've been enjoying cooking on it. I need to do some qviews but my wife's camera has been full and we've been lazy getting pics off.

    For indirect cooking, the ceramic cookers have a ceramic plate that goes over the firebox. The BGE people call it the Platesetter. I guess you could consider it a baffle.

    For lighting my BGE, I just use my chimney starter. If I'm grilling, I'll put the chimney starter in the Egg with the lid up and the vent all the way open.

    For smoking, I'll set the lit chimney starter in my Brinkman SNP. I'll fill up the the BGE firebox and throw in some chunks in with the lump. Then when the chimney starter is lit, I'll pour it into the egg and throw some more chunks on top of the lit charcoal. I add my Platesetter, close the lid, open up the vent and the daisy wheel to wide open until I get the temp I want. Then I shut them both down till they are both almost closed. If my temp starts to drop, I'll open it up a bit more. Once my temperature is stabilized, I'll add my meat.

    For most everything you need to know on ceramic cookers, go to http://www.nakedwhiz.com/ceramic.htm It has been a great resource for helping me learn how to cook on it.
  11. packplantpath

    packplantpath Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks man.

    Just the info I needed. Guess I'm in the market for a platesetter now.

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