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700 degrees

hizzonerhizzoner Posts: 182
edited 4:20AM in EggHead Forum
Why can't I get there?

a bunch of bags of Ozark Oak, several bags of Cowboy brand lump and even some B&B (which is crap) and I have never been able to get my dome temp to hit 700. I have no problem getting to 600-650 and maybe I never have a need to go any higher, but, others have and, by God I want to.


  • AngelaAngela Posts: 543
    When I've gotten stuck, I just shoot the hair dryer at the lower vent and the temp soars. Doesn't take too long to get it up.
    Egging on two larges + 36" Blackstone griddle
  • Morro Bay RichMorro Bay Rich Posts: 2,227
    If I get all my ducks in row, I can wrap my Tel-tru back around to the 200 reading. B)
  • kolbdriverkolbdriver Posts: 403
    I don't know what size Egg you are using. My large would hit a 1000 degrees on the frist try. Got a small for Christmas 09, could not get it above 400. After much looking and thinking, I finely figured out the draft door was not uncovering all of the opening. Han to grind some of the medal away to get good air flow. Now 850 to 900 is easy on that little bad boy. They gotta breath...
    Hope this helps .
  • BluedotBluedot Posts: 82
    I cooked 2 filets and 1 Ribeye this weekend using the t-rex method. Followed the instructions and they came out perfect. I don't think 50 -100 degrees or so makes that big of a difference but I am no expert. Mine turned out great at 650 -700 degrees.
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    So you want to learn how to replace gaskets, do you!

    If a large you should have no problem getting well above 1000° without using fans etc.

    Just remember heat = fuel + oxygen.

    Load you lump to the top of the fire ring. Light down into the lump about 1 to 1.5 inches in 5 places. 3, 6, 9, 12 o'clock and center. I would place those spots to light about 60% of the way from the center to the edge of the fire wall.

    Make sure you do not have any lump plugging or blocking the holes in the fire grid or the holes in the fire box.

    Close the dome about 1 to 2 minutes after all spots are well lit. No DFMT and bottom screen & vent wide open.

    Don't leave the egg.

    Your wish will come true. Hopefully you won't have to learn the fine art of gasket replacement. :)

  • PhilsGrillPhilsGrill Posts: 2,256
    Can't think of anything that cooks at that temperature. Best to remove the firering and put your grid on the firebox with a full load of lump. Your dome will read 400-500 but your steak will cook at 800-1000.
  • DeaneauxDeaneaux Posts: 45
    Repeat of my post earlier tonight:

    It could be your thermo. Completely opening up my large egg and letting it roll, using the BGE thermo, rarely read over 650. It was calibrated NUTS on at 210 in boiling water. After dropping in a tel-tru, doing the same drill, my temps have pegged the thermo way past 750.
  • DeaneauxDeaneaux Posts: 45
    EDIT: Accidental double-tap
  • Rich;
    Funny you say that... that happened to me last night! Bent the ole tel-tru right around to 200 deg! I did not want to open her up :)

  • do you take the daisy off?
    stirring the ash before adding new lump?
    firebox opening aligned with the lower vent door?

    if you can hit 650, why the need for 700? just wondering. yeah, would be good to figure out the issue, but remember, the lump is at 1200 or so anyway. just get closer to the lump if you are looking to sear. dome temp is only an indicator of how much 1200 degree lump you have going.
  • AngelaAngela Posts: 543
    Good point about removing the daisy wheel, that really does help IME.
    Egging on two larges + 36" Blackstone griddle
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