I’ve been cooking on my Big Green Egg for about ten years now. During that time, I’ve gotten pretty good at managing my fire and creating pretty darned good BBQ using the Egg in it’s default configuration.
Over the past few months, I’ve begun to add a few upgrades. I replaced my cast iron daisy wheel with the Smokeware Vented Chimney Cap a few months ago. And most recently, I acquired the Kick Ash Basket for my firebox.
I ran into an issue recently where I did back to back cooks and needed to reload the BGE with fresh lump charcoal while it was still hot. Of course trying to knock the ash out of a hot cooker is tough to do. About that sime time, I came across the Kick Ash Basket and decided to give it a shot.
You can use this with or without the cast iron fire grate in the bottom of the firebox. So far, I’m still using the grate. But the beautiful thing here is being able to pick up the basket and give it a good shake to clear the ash out of the bottom of of the Egg. It sure beats stirring the old lump to knock the ash loose.
Since I’ve been using the Kick Ash Basket, I’ve noticed that my fire comes up to temp quicker as I’ve been able to remove the ash from the old lump chacrcoal more completely.
I’m really pleased with this aftermarket product and definitely consider it an upgrade. What upgrades have you made to your BGE? Drop me a note and let me know.