The Big Green Egg Grill takes its design cue from the ancient Japanese kamado cookers. A history of over 2000 years has proven this style of grill to be efficient, economical and beautiful.
The Big Green Egg is made of a special ceramic that is tough and holds heat very well. This allows foods to be smoked, grilled or baked using a minimum of charcoal. The heat is trapped inside the grill and in the one and one-half inch thick walls.
The Big Green Egg Grill is constructed with a lower draft door that allows for controlling the incoming air, and a vent at the top. Adjustment of the dampers gives the ability for precise temperature control. The lower draft door is also access for ash removal.
It's recommended that lump charcoal is used as fuel. Very little charcoal is required for cooking. It's claimed by the manufacturer that a 20 pound bag of lump charcoal will last 4 to 6 months when using the grill 2 or 3 times a week.
The lump charcoal lights very easily using newspapers or an electric charcoal starter. The use of lighter fluid is unnecessary and will impart off flavors to the cooking food.
The Big Green Egg Grill is made in a state of the art factory in Mexico. Retail prices in the US range from about $350 for the small model up to $1000 for the "Eggstra" Large Egg.