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Regulating Temperature

DarylDaryl Posts: 27
edited 1:57PM in EggHead Forum
I am just learning how to regulate temperature in the large BGE. The first time I fired it up, I ran to 700F in about 20 min and never could get it back down to 300F until I finally shut off all air top and bottom. The second time, I ran up slower to 330F with a 1" lower damper opening and a full open setting on the dual-function metal top daisy wheel (slider open 1/2").[p]What is the easiest way to fire a cold egg and get to 350F and hold?[p]How is the best way to snuff it out after cooking? I have been removing the metal top and re-installing the cap. Is the tighter seal worth the extra effort?[p]Thanks,[p]Daryl


  • Char-WoodyChar-Woody Posts: 2,642
    "What is the easiest way to fire a cold egg and get to 350F and hold?"
    Daryl, I start a "core" fire and even if it gets red hot, the BGE hasn't had time to obsorb the heat into the walls and when I add my additional charcoal over the smoking woods, I can bring it back down to under 200F..Then crack the bottom vent approx 1/4 inch for 200 to 250F,,and 1 inch to 2 inches for 300 to 350F..Regulating the top daisy/slider will have a affect on the lower vent settings. I use both, some not even a top vent cover. This is a learning curve and good to play with it and find your comfort zone.
    Yell out if more is needed.

  • SpinSpin Posts: 1,375
    Daryl,[p]Your Egg heats much faster than it cools. Close the vents down to "catch" the rising temp and hold about 25-50°F below the intended cooking temp. Give a vent a tad wider opening to rteach cooking temp.[p]Spin

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