Big Green Egg

Instructions


After buying a Big Green Egg, the first step towards delicious outdoor cooking is to assemble the EGG and get to grips with a few basic principles. The assembly videos, instructuin videos and user guide will help you to do just that.



User guide


Along with practical tips and an outline of the basic principles, our user guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to use the Big Green Egg. The guide contains recommendations, tips and other useful information to help you get the most out of your Big Green Egg. You can download the guide here and print it out if you like.

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Safety tips


The Big Green Egg is extremely safe when used as intended and in line with the guidelines. ​However, always exercise extreme caution when working with fire and sources of heat – the Big Green Egg is no exception to this rule! Take the following safety tips into account, be careful when lighting and working with (glowing) charcoal, and beware of hot cooking surfaces and materials. This will enable you to work safely with the Big Green Egg and enjoy all the delicious dishes you can create with it for many years to come!

Make sure the EGG is stable. Never place it on a slope or uneven surface. Use the locking casters on the wheels once the EGG is moved into position to keep it in place. Do not attempt to move your EGG while in use or before it has cooled down completely!

To move your (cold) EGG, place both hands on the Nest or Handler and pull the EGG behind you. Do not push it ahead of you. The Nest or Handler are not designed to roll over uneven terrain such as gravel, or to be rolled on soft soil or grass. Always make sure you have a stable footing and have somebody helping if necessary.

The bottom of the ceramic base of the Big Green Egg emits heat when in use. Avoid any danger of fire and never use the EGG in the proximity of wood or other flammable objects or under low trees or branches. The EGG is intended for use in a metal Nest or customised table, so that there’s either a gap under the EGG or it is resting on a concrete paving stone. Always properly close the chimney with the ceramic damper top and the draft door when you have finished cooking. Also never use the EGG in the proximity of a storage space that may contain flammable substances.

Do not fire up the EGG indoors or in an area where there is insufficient ventilation. In cases where professionals use EGGs in the kitchen, this is always in accordance with building regulations and in combination with professional ventilation and a fire-suppressing system.

There may be local restrictions on cooking on an open fire. When camping or picnicking, take account of local regulations (temporary or otherwise). It is possible that cooking on an open fire is permitted, but subject to a specific policy governing the distance between the cooking appliance and certain objects for example.

Big Green Egg Premium Lump Charcoal lights easily when using natural fire starters or an electric fire starter. Never use charcoal briquettes, lighter fluids or any flammable liquids. This may void the warranty and could have a (negative) impact on the flavour of the food you cook.

Your EGG will accelerate to very hot temperatures quickly and you cannot control the temperature without the adjustable cap in place.


Do not leave a lit EGG with the dome open if it is unattended. Beware of dry leaves, decking and other combustible materials that may be in the proximity of the EGG while it is in use. They may present a fire hazard if they come into contact with any hot charcoal or sparks. Take your surroundings into account when using your EGG. Open flames can present a hazard to people, animals, property and nature.


Once the charcoal in the EGG begins to burn, always carefully vent or ‘burp’ it before opening the dome fully by carefully cracking it a few times about five centimetres – this allows the incoming air to enter slowly and helps avoid a flashback. Be especially careful when opening a hot EGG with closed vents, as the sudden rush of air can cause a dangerous flare-up. In the unlikely event of a flame flare-up, immediately close the lid and the air vents to control the flame. When re-opening your EGG, do so carefully by cracking it a few times before opening it completely. It is always advisable to wear heat resistant gloves, and to take care to protect yourself.

Never remove burning charcoal from the fire box. The ceramics stay hot for a long time. Always wait until you are sure the EGG has cooled completely.

This will prevent any sparks or hot coals from exiting the EGG, however unlikely this may be. You only need to slide open the spark screen to remove the cold ashes.

Always exercise extreme caution when removing hot components or accessories from the EGG, including the grate, the ConvEGGtor or the Flat Baking Stone. Always use protective gloves and the proper tools to avoid burns. The stainless steel, cast iron and ceramics will be extremely hot. Take care to place them somewhere where they can’t burn anyone or come into contact with combustible surfaces.

The chimney is not suitable for use as an inspection hole. Never look down it if the EGG is in use or contains lit charcoal. The hot air can cause an injury.

Always use the specially designed Big Green Egg Grill Gripper to hold onto and lift the hot grill. Hold the Grill Gripper in such a way that half the ‘duckbill’ goes under the grill. When lifting the grill directly from above, you don’t need to grip quite as tightly.

By closing the draft door and placing the ceramic damper on top of the chimney, the charcoal will go out by itself in around 10 minutes.

Always exercise extreme caution when removing hot components or accessories from the EGG, including the grate, the ConvEGGtor or the Flat Baking Stone. Always use protective gloves and the proper tools to avoid burns. The stainless steel, cast iron and ceramics will be extremely hot. Take care to place them somewhere where they can’t burn anyone or come into contact with combustible surfaces.

Big Green Egg has taken the utmost of care to ensure that the EGG is safe to use. It is the user’s responsibility to take his/her safety and that of the surrounding environment into account and to exercise care and caution when handling the EGG and any accessories at all times.

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