Large BGE temperature Zones differ
First of all I have to thank everyone on this site and a couple others for helping me learn how to cook on the BGE. My family has thoroughly enjoyed the Eggsperience!
I have been an egger for about a month now...Have cooked at least 4-5 meals per week on the egg since. I have noticed I have a hot spot on my grill. Anything I put towards the rear of the egg (towards the hinge) cooks much faster and hotter than the front and sides. I build my coals each time. I use a heat gun to start my coals. I typically start the coals in 4 spots (front, rear and sides) at once as opposed to lighting one time in the center.
I am currently 14 hours into a cook on two 7lb pork shoulders. I am using a foil wrapped place setter (legs up) and a drip pan. The shoulder I have at the rear of the egg is almost 10-12 degrees hotter(197 vs 185) and nearly done. I just rotated the grate to allow the hot spot to work on the lower temp butt.
I realize butts can cook at different rates so this cook is not my sole evidence of a hot spot. Burgers, Wings, Turkey legs, Steaks have all cooked way too quickly and hot towards the rear of my egg.
What am i doing wrong?
Each cook I check to see that my fire box and ring are centered. Could it be that lighting in several places is the problem?