This may be kinda long.[p]When I first started posting on this board, my nickname was "BGE Rookie", because I knew nothing. Well, 6 months later, I think I know a few things, I'm no Tim M, Nature Boy, Elder Ward, JJ, Char-Woody,Cat, etc (I know I left some out) but I thought I knew a little. However the events of the last few weeks have me scratching my head.[p]It started when I had a fire go out Christmas Eve while I was doing pulled pork. I blamed that one on possibly closing the bottom vent a little too much when I went to bed. When I inspected the lump, the fire had burned only on one side. This was using the Elder Ward lump building method I have used 5-6 times with previous uninterrupted success.[p]Next comes ribs using JJ's method. It took forever for the fire to build. It wasn't even cold that day, but the EGG was staying at 180 or so for 30-45 minutes. Once again the lump burned unevenly.[p]Today, I put on 2 8 lb Butts for my Big Tennessee Titans party. (I realize they are probably playing for the right to lose to St. Louis in the Super Bowl)
The game is at 11:30 CST on Sunday, I started the fire at 9:10 this morning, it once again took forever to build heat. After 45 minutes the dome temp was barely 150. This time at least it is cold outside. Anyway, I now have the bottom vent open 2". Temp is barely 200. I normally have to fight having the temp rise when the bottom vent is barely 1/8" open. I'm certain that the lump is not burning well or even. I can't go to bed tonight with confidence that the fire won't go out. I am planning on adding lump this evening to prevent a disaster and wil also be checking the temp periodically all night. [p]Any ideas on what is causing this? Here is some more info that may provide a clue:[p]I'm not using BGE lump, but it does come from Royal Oak who makes the Lump for BGE at the same facility. It appears to be the same stuff.[p]My firebox has a couple of cracks in it, but I doubt this is the cause.[p]Any advice on what to do today and tonight and for the future will be greatly appreciated. And one more thing:[p]GO TITANS!!