Okay, I'm breaking in my new egg, and feel like a total noob even though I've gotten pretty proficient on my gas grill.
Tonight was steaks for the first time. Filled the firebox, lit it up, opened the vents and let the baby heat up. 10 min later I notice flames out the top. Temp at 700. I 'burp' the egg, open it up, and I've got a raging fire in there. Is that what I want or should it be smoldering coals?
I threw my test steak on there, 2 min per side, and pulled it off. I was expecting charcoal steak but instead had a good sear and internal temp around 80-90. Shut down the vents, 4 min later I have a great steak, but a little smoky. My other steaks were cooked too much because 4 min just didn't seem right and I gave them a few more minutes before the dwell. My bad...
But my question is about the flames. I don't want to go crazy and melt the gasket or anything. Are flames out the top vent desirable or too much? I don't want to cook the coating off my grid, I figure the ceramic of the egg can take it.