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Temp keeps dropping on long slow cooks

CookinupnorthCookinupnorth Posts: 95
edited July 2012 in EggHead Forum
Ok so I'm makin ribs .. Filled her up with charcoal...temp stable at 226 for 2 hrs...then an hour late it's 200.. I open the vents get it back to 225/235 then it hangs for another hour nd starts to drop again? Any thoughts? Thnxin advance AT

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  • BYS1981BYS1981 Posts: 2,420
    My thoughts off the bat is try 250. I find 250 easy to maintain.
  • ChokeOnSmokeChokeOnSmoke Posts: 1,861
    edited July 2012
    I'm going with air flow.  More specifically, your charcoal grate is getting clogged with ash.
    Packerland, Wisconsin

  • BYS1981 said:

    My thoughts off the bat is try 250. I find 250 easy to maintain.

    This will fix ya. 250-260 and it will run for days.

    Keeping it Weird in the ATX
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 10,068
    I'm going with air flow.  More specifically, your charcoal grate is getting clogged with ash.

    The key to success is as mentioned above; air-flow.  Of course, the higher the desired dome temp means the greater the air-flow so the easier for the BGE to accommodate (to a high end point).  When you are running with low dome temps you are very susceptible to minor changes in the air through the BGE to manage fire volume.  Any hiccups will have a major impact. FWIW-
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  • Thanks guys!
  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,449
    Go 275 dome, you shouldn't have any problems.

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  • Go 275 dome, you shouldn't have any problems.
    agreed
    Keeping it Weird in the ATX
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