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clogged grate with charcoasl reuse

GrumpaGrumpa Posts: 861
edited 4:25PM in EggHead Forum
Help. The first few times of use the egg went right to 750 degrees. When reusing charcoal the holes in the grate get clogged with small pieces of coal..result, only a partial fire and temperature not over 300 degrees. I have the new cast iron grate already, and still same problem .Do I have to clean the fire box out each time and replace with large lump charcoal each time? I hope not.

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  • JJJJ Posts: 951
    bob,
    I stir the charcoal to eliminate the ashes, refill the EGG and ignite with a fire starter (Weber fire Cube or equivilent) placing it underneath the grate. I have had no problem attaining any desired temp.
    Hope this helps.

  • GaDawgGaDawg Posts: 178
    bob,
    You don't necesarily have to clean out the firebox every
    time, but you do need to make sure that you have an environment that supports combustion. That means you need unrestricted air flow. Sometimes this requires a complete cleaning of the firebox, most times you just need to stir up the unburned lump, add some new lump, make sure nothing is clogged and restricting air flow, and light.[p]Chuck

  • GrumpaGrumpa Posts: 861
    GaDawg,
    Thanks. How do you check for clogged holes in the grate? Peeking through the lower door doesn't give access.[p]bob

  • BordelloBordello Posts: 5,926
    bob,
    Just watch real closely as you're stirring the lump. Have you cleaned out the ash in the bottom recently?????
    Happy Easter,
    New Bob

  • mollysharkmollyshark Posts: 1,519
    bob,[p]I stir the hell out of the existing lump and use that metal poking tool to get the little bits out of the holes in the grate. Then clean out the ash from the bottom vent where it fell through. I don't think I've ever stripped it down totally (other than when I moved!). That's usually enough to keep it clean and let the O2 through.[p]mShark
  • Kelly KeefeKelly Keefe Posts: 471
    bob,[p]Like eveyone else suggested, stir the lump throughly and check the air holes as you do it. Especially if the weather has been damp. If the holes are clogged, poke 'em with the ash tool or, as I do, a liberal use of the old Mark I index finger.[p]Kelly Keefe
    Jefferson City, MO

  • Trout BumTrout Bum Posts: 343
    bob,
    Just take a coat hanger and bend a piece of it up 90 degrees for about an inch long. Then use this to reach inside the bottom vent and stick it into each grate hole and move it up and down a little. Cleans em right out.
    Actually, I use a ash tool that I cut the end off of and bent it up 90 degrees for an inch or so.
    B D

  • GrumpaGrumpa Posts: 861
    bob,[p]I too have a cast iron grate. What has worked very well for me is to stir the old lump throughly and add new lump. I then take the ash tool thru the lower vent and gently begin tapping the grate with it. This allows any remaining ash and small bits that clog the holes to fall thru to the bottom of the egg. A little ash clean out and start your lump from the bottom. I have never had trouble reaching blast furnace temps using this method.

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