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    Did a tuneup of the egg this weekend.
    New gasket, new chimney cap, replaced the lower vent screen, and the vented base that the charcoal sits on.
    And, at the suggestion of our local butcher, instead of BGE charcoal, I picked up two bags of Clay Hill charcoal (one cherry, and one sugar maple.)
    Used the latter to make ribs yesterday and oh boy is it good stuff. Seems to burn a lot slower than BGE stuff.







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    Hey that charcoal. Hmmmm. Local source?
    How are you keeping that Smokeware cap clean? I'm a bit weary of it constantly gumming up altho it works well I'm going back to the orig. cap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    Hey that charcoal. Hmmmm. Local source?
    How are you keeping that Smokeware cap clean? I'm a bit weary of it constantly gumming up altho it works well I'm going back to the orig. cap.
    The charcoal is made in PA and I bought it at the butcher in McLean. A quick google search brings up a link to a Maryland BBQ retailer as well.

    First cook with the cap yesterday and yessir it is surprisingly dirty. Also the little silicon sleeve that attaches to the slide tab is less than worthless and came off multiple times already. Have not tried to clean it, yet (the beauty of house arrest is plenty of time betwixt now and next weekend...)
    Per instructions it seems the base piece of it should stay on the egg since it presses down on the gasket it came with. And you can clean the upper piece as you wish. Do you agree or should the whole thing come off after each use?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    Hey that charcoal. Hmmmm. Local source?
    How are you keeping that Smokeware cap clean? I'm a bit weary of it constantly gumming up altho it works well I'm going back to the orig. cap.
    I had one for a few years and never had issues with it gumming up. I did low and slow and hot and fast on the Egg tho....maybe if all you do is lower temp it'll gum up...
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    Quote Originally Posted by robin3mj View Post
    The charcoal is made in PA and I bought it at the butcher in McLean. A quick google search brings up a link to a Maryland BBQ retailer as well.

    First cook with the cap yesterday and yessir it is surprisingly dirty. Also the little silicon sleeve that attaches to the slide tab is less than worthless and came off multiple times already. Have not tried to clean it, yet (the beauty of house arrest is plenty of time betwixt now and next weekend...)
    Per instructions it seems the base piece of it should stay on the egg since it presses down on the gasket it came with. And you can clean the upper piece as you wish. Do you agree or should the whole thing come off after each use?
    The whole silly thing needs a good de-greasing every few cooks. I learned the hard way after the Egg was good and hot not being able to rotate the cap grrr. I swear I'm going back to the orig. cap. The only reason I switched is because I dropped the orig. cap and it's cast iron sooooo kablooie.

    My google-foo is weak, send me a link. Can't find that stuff anywhere. BTW I agree the BGE charcoal is lifeless at best.
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    I literally used mine several times a week, for about two years, never cleaned it once. What are y'all cooking?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dgaddis View Post
    I literally used mine several times a week, for about two years, never cleaned it once. What are y'all cooking?
    Send me yours.

    Mostly smoking chicken, turkey and the occasional burgers. The most often heat settings are 280 or 325/350. Maybe it's the crap lump charcoal I'm using? I tend to use my BGE twice a week, maybe I use it....

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    Link to Charcoal in MD
    Clay Hill Cookers Hickory lump charcoal - MDBBQ Services

    Also. Someone on here cautioned me away from Cowboy brand charcoal in favor of the BGE stuff early on, and I hate to say it but based on early returns: Clay Hill is to BGE what BGE is to Cowboy.

    Will keep an eye on the cap. My original chimney is fine, I just bought this one on a whim when I ordered new gasket and screen etc.

    I do find it helpful to really scorch the damn thing every once in a while. Either to burn the whole thing out at the end of a slow and low cook or just to crank it for fat steaks or pizzas and let it really burn afterwards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robin3mj View Post
    Link to Charcoal in MD
    Clay Hill Cookers Hickory lump charcoal - MDBBQ Services

    Also. Someone on here cautioned me away from Cowboy brand charcoal in favor of the BGE stuff early on, and I hate to say it but based on early returns: Clay Hill is to BGE what BGE is to Cowboy.

    Will keep an eye on the cap. My original chimney is fine, I just bought this one on a whim when I ordered new gasket and screen etc.

    I do find it helpful to really scorch the damn thing every once in a while. Either to burn the whole thing out at the end of a slow and low cook or just to crank it for fat steaks or pizzas and let it really burn afterwards.
    I'm soaking the cap in hot water than pat dry and use denatured alcohol to get it working again....I'm about ready to pound it into sand.
    Thanks for the link my friend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robin3mj View Post
    The charcoal is made in PA and I bought it at the butcher in McLean. A quick google search brings up a link to a Maryland BBQ retailer as well.

    First cook with the cap yesterday and yessir it is surprisingly dirty. Also the little silicon sleeve that attaches to the slide tab is less than worthless and came off multiple times already. Have not tried to clean it, yet (the beauty of house arrest is plenty of time betwixt now and next weekend...)
    Per instructions it seems the base piece of it should stay on the egg since it presses down on the gasket it came with. And you can clean the upper piece as you wish. Do you agree or should the whole thing come off after each use?
    Thanks for the charcoal link...I exchanged a few emails with the owner as it’s not sold online and not local (Western PA) yet. He asked for a few good butcher shops in my area, as those are good clients for him and he has a trip scheduled in a month or two to promote his product in the region.
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    Jumping in late on the smokeware cap. I used one for several years but also had issues with it gumming up as well as struggling to hold temps below 250 for those really long/slow cooks. Ultimately went back to the original cap for since it’s cleaner and I can control the temps better.
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