I have had a medium egg for a year or so, and enjoyed it, sometimes having to play around to keep temperatures down below 400....somehow the last 3 times I've used it, the temperature never goes above about 300. I cleaned out the ashes; I loaded the charcoal to airhole level, started with a chimney/crumpled newspaper starter; have tried various combinations of maximum open on bottom or less open, and different openings on daisy wheel top. Nothing seems to work.
I added soaked wood for smoking and now it's around 175-200....[p]1. Any clues about what might be keeping temperature down?
2. Should I worry that trying to raise temperature by increasing the openings means that the smoke from the soaked wood curling out of the top and bottom is going to significantly reduce the smoking effect?