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Egg won't get hot

easttexasaggie04easttexasaggie04 Posts: 108
edited August 2012 in EggHead Forum
My large BGE won't get much above 450 degrees, even with leaving the top and bottom vent open all the way.  I'm guessing because the holes in the bottom are clogged with ash? Or could it be something else?

Whats the best way to unclog it?

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 24,540
    Take out the grate, fire ring and fire box and vacuum out everything, including the grate holes, firebox holes. You can use a shop vac but be prepared to clog up the filter.  Reassemble and load with fresh lump, larger pieces on the bottom.  Shake out the screen if it needs it, or run without it.
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  • ChokeOnSmokeChokeOnSmoke Posts: 1,895
    I'd bet it's clogged holes in the charcoal grate (like you mentioned).  If you don't want to take it apart, take a coat hanger or something similar and poke up through the bottom vent into the holes.  That'll usually do it.
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  • EggdamEggdam Posts: 223
    Buy a high que fire grate and never look back!
  • BaysidebobBaysidebob Posts: 489
    Ignition, fuel, O2 are the components of fire.  You lack O2.  Put on the gook gloves and root through the (cold) lump pushing all the ash through the grate and clear the holes in the firebox then pull out the ash before each cook.  Less than ten minutes work.  You will never have another problem of this order.
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  • Buy a high que fire grate and never look back!

    Seems this is the best advice for you, since it seems you don't care to clean your Egg on a regular basis.   This High Que grate works well, and now the ash tool does all the clean up work for you.

     

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  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 8,249
    Take out the grate, fire ring and fire box and vacuum out everything, including the grate holes, firebox holes. You can use a shop vac but be prepared to clog up the filter.  Reassemble and load with fresh lump, larger pieces on the bottom.  Shake out the screen if it needs it, or run without it.
    To not clog up your shop vac, learned this from a neighbour in Villa Park Il. He used his vac all the time to clean his fireplace, I asked how he kept the filter clean. He slipped a cheapo $1 canister vac bag over the standard $20 shop vac filter, held it with a rubber band. Works like a charm. Reduces the suction, but then "dead lump" is not that heavy.  
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  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    If the top is 'open all the way', sounds like the daisy is still on, just all the way open. Is that right? If so, lose the daisy
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  • Second to lose the daisy wheel, also clean out ash, pull the guts out and shop vac, if nothing works! I use the ash tool before each cook to move the d Old lump around letting the tiny pieces fall down then double checking all holes in the firebox.
  • James MBJames MB Posts: 356

    1. Wiggle stick

    2. dry lump

    3 Use it more often - an unused egg can absorb moisture (lump and egg) so takes longer to get up to temp, as Stike pointed out on another post.

    A good de-ashing can help with all this but it is really just a combination of the above - putting on dry lump and getting good airflow.

  • bobstaffbobstaff Posts: 2
     I'm guessing because the holes in the bottom are clogged with ash?

    Whats the best way to unclog it?
    I found a quick (2 second) blast from a leaf blower into the bottom vent would clear the holes and allow the temp to rise.

    It stirs the ash up a little of course (but not too badly) so I'd be careful if you already have food on the grill, but if you're just trying to get it up to temp before baking a pizza for example, it worked for me.


  • The_StacheThe_Stache Posts: 567
    bobstaff said:
    I found a quick (2 second) blast from a leaf blower into the bottom vent would clear the holes and allow the temp to rise.

    It stirs the ash up a little of course (but not too badly) so I'd be careful if you already have food on the grill, but if you're just trying to get it up to temp before baking a pizza for example, it worked for me.
    This made me laugh (I'm sure it will work)!! I had visions of an ash covered cook!!  Sorry, sometimes I just think funny (to me) thoughts
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  • bobstaffbobstaff Posts: 2
    This made me laugh (I'm sure it will work)!! I had visions of an ash covered cook!!  Sorry, sometimes I just think funny (to me) thoughts
    I kept the dome closed otherwise it might have been more exciting.

     I had the convector in and a pizza stone on the grill and just had a couple of pieces of ash on the stone to brush off.

    Afterwards the temp went from 400  to 550 pretty quickly.
  • tarheelmatttarheelmatt Posts: 8,764
    I wonder if the OP is still having issues?
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  • The_StacheThe_Stache Posts: 567
    bobstaff said:
    This made me laugh (I'm sure it will work)!! I had visions of an ash covered cook!!  Sorry, sometimes I just think funny (to me) thoughts
    I kept the dome closed otherwise it might have been more exciting.

     I had the convector in and a pizza stone on the grill and just had a couple of pieces of ash on the stone to brush off.

    Afterwards the temp went from 400  to 550 pretty quickly.
    No offense brother!  I'm really thinking about this now... Hey Buddy, could you stand over there (downwind)???  Of course I would only do this with a cold grill!

    The excitement of seeing the "BGE Volcano" spewing ash is just tooo tempting!!

    Welcome to the insanity!!!
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  • The_StacheThe_Stache Posts: 567
    PS... Ag-X Class of 73
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  • ShiffShiff Posts: 1,686
    I don't think I'd want to use a leaf blower - especially when the grill is lit.  I have a wiggle rod which works very well. You could make your own from a metal coat hanger, or order a very nice one from thirdeye at:

    http://www.thirdeyeq.com/products---pricing.html

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  • ToxarchToxarch Posts: 1,573
    The leafblower comment reminds me of the video where guys use a leafblower on a ceramic chiminea.

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  • ryanttryantt Posts: 1,146
    Toxarch said:
    The leafblower comment reminds me of the video where guys use a leafblower on a ceramic chiminea.

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    Wow this video just saved me from buying the BBQ dragon.   =)
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  • HofstraJetHofstraJet Posts: 1,104
    I have a small Sears shop vac with the fine ash filter and it never gets clogged. Works great and takes just a few minutes every so often. With the KAB, I just lift and vacuum.
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  • SGHSGH Posts: 23,610
    I wonder if the OP is still having issues?
    We may never know. He hasn't logged in since August of 2013. One thing is for sure, he has missed out on some great commentary and anus recipes. 

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  • xfire_ATXxfire_ATX Posts: 422
    Whenever I get down to close to empty on lump I go ahead and take it apart for cleaning- ~4-6 months.  I use the leaf blower to get the final amount of ash out.


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