How to Load & Light with the EGGniter

Getting started

The Big Green Egg is probably the easiest charcoal barbecue to get going but if you want to make your life even easier, particularly in cold winter months, then the EGGniter is the accessory for you.

EGGniter lighting Big Green Egg Oak & Hickory Lumpwood charcoal

5cm below the top of the Fire Ring.

When adding charcoal to your Big Green Egg, the best rule of thumb is to stop when you're 5cm below the rim of the Fire Ring — for the right amount of clearance beneath your cooking surfaces.

Set it alight

Make sure that your EGGniter is filled with gas. Slide across the safety lock and simultaneously press the Ignition button to light. For a constant flame, press the Ignition and Hold buttons at the same time. Point the flame at a piece of charcoal and hold. Don't be tempted to rest it directly in the charcoal or leave it unattended as this isn't safe and can damage the EGGniter.

Away you go

Once you achieve white embers, press the Air Blower and Hold buttons simultaneously. Blow air onto the lit charcoal for a few minutes. When are you satisfied that you have got a good fire going, press the Air Blower button again to turn it off.

Once your EGG is going...

There should be some serious smouldering in your charcoals. At this stage, close the lid of your EGG being mindful to keep both the Draft Door and the rEGGulator Cap fully open.

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Put in your surfaces

When the EGG's ceramics start to feel hot to the touch and the thermometer is 10°C away from your recipe's target temperature, it's time to put in your chosen cooking surfaces.

Whether you're adding your ConvEGGtor and Stainless Steel Grid for indirect cooking or a Cast Iron Searing Grid for grilling, your temperature will drop slightly. Don't worry. Your EGG will self regulate and the temperature will come back up.

Once you've reached your target temperature, you can begin to adjust the Draft Door and rEGGulator in tandem. Make these adjustments in small increments for precision. Once the temperature has stopped fluctuating, you're ready to cook!

Add your surfaces

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