For those that do not know the Big Green Egg does not burn gas. It burns charcoal. Well not actually charcoal. You should use something called Lump in it. Why use lump? Lump vs Briquettes sums it up well. But the key thing is it does not use any binders. It is pure wood. No chemical taste. It will not give off a smokey flavor. You add ( in addition to the lump ) raw wood if you would like smoke flavor. It burns even and lights easy. No need for lighter fluid. I can usually have my BBQ fired up a couple of minutes longer than my old gasser took to get up to temp.