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we are having trouble getting our egg to 400 degrees today. Our egg is pretty new but we have not had trouble in the past. Could the thermometer be bad this soon?
It's entirely possible, Egghead, but it's also possible you've got restricted air flow because of a plugged grate or full ash pit below the grate. Open your lower damper all the way and see if you've got a lot of ash there and clean as necessary. If it's fairly clear, get a wire coat hanger and, with the end bent at a right angle, stick it up through the grate to clear away plugged holes.
Thermo may not be "bad" - just out of whack.
Easy enough to calibrate it, dip it in boiling water and adjust the nut behind the dial until it reads 212.
Also, as Jeffersonian said, could be ash buildup behind the firebox or a plugged grate.
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