I grilled some strip steaks on my Egg, decided to try the TRex method on Naked Whiz. I cleaned out the firebox (saving all the charcoal), and started a fresh fire in a chimney using newspaper. When the coals were fully engaged, I spread in the firebox, and poured charcoal on top to fill. Closed the lid and let it go until it reached about 700 ( the sear temp according to the recipe). I closed the damper a bit and added the daisy wheel top wide open, and went inside to rub the steaks with oil and seasoning. When I returned to the grill, it was reading about 200 F - had gone past 6:00 and was on the second lap!!!
I burped it, opened, and quickly got back to the 700 range, but was my grill really approaching 1000 deg? If the scale is linear, it was beyond that. I have calibrated the thermometer at 212, so it is at least accurate down there.
At any rate, no one was injured, the steaks came out great (only needed about 3-4 minutes per side after the rest), and the gasket looks fine.
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