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Temp problems

JasonATIJasonATI Posts: 62
edited 4:57PM in EggHead Forum
I'm having trouble keeping it below 300, I put a boston butt on this morning and it keeps creeping above 300. The vents are open about 1/8 inch, i'm not sure what to do.


  • if the top and bottoms 1/8 open it should go down real slow. if not soon close the top a little more.
  • close the vents more...

    it will take a while to drop back down, don't expect it to change quickly. might take an hour to notice a change. 300 is not too hot.

    close both vents by maybe 25% and give it an hour.
  • civil eggineercivil eggineer Posts: 1,547
    Have you calibrated your dome thermometer?
    If yes, then close the vents a little more but keep an eye on things so your fire doesn't go out. It will also take quite some time for the egg temp to respond to any changes...especially trying to bring down the temps. Next time, try to not over shoot your cooking temps.
  • ChargerGuyChargerGuy Posts: 357
    I don't mean to hijack this thread but I am new at this still and I think I am trying to regulate the wrong way? I let my temps come up then regulate down by closing the vents as needed, should I be regulating while the temps are rising? Thanks,
  • ChargerGuyChargerGuy Posts: 357
    Thanks, I was wondering why it took so long to get the temps right, oh well you live and learn.
  • BigABigA Posts: 1,157
    I am new at this as well, and i found out that you want to control the temp on the way up. It takes a long time for that egg to drop in temp, if it gets to hot, i just open the lid a little bit and let some heat out but on the flip side you have to be careful because you are letting more air in and it can get a little hotter if not done right
  • ChargerGuyChargerGuy Posts: 357
    Thanks BigA, I think I will be having a little easier time at it from now on! :)
  • JasonATIJasonATI Posts: 62
    Yes Tim I have calibrated the thermometer. I closed both vents just a little bit, I was afraid of smothering the fire because the bottom vent is barly open, but its setting at 245-250 now so all is good.:)
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