Ok, I've had my egg for 8 months to a year, and have cooked many many things on it. I've done simple short seers at 700 degrees + and I've done 14 hour overnight pulled pork.
Tonight I wanted to cook some amazing marinaded rib eyes (a German recipe called - Speissbraten). Except for the 24 hour marinade, all it required was cooking rib eyes. I wanted to T-rex them, and use the egg for whatit does best.
I lit the egg (MAP torch in three to four places) and layered a lot of beechwood chips. I used lump about full to the top of the fire box, and it had been fired before. I waited more than 2 hours, and every 20-30 minutes added more chips, just to enjoy the smell of the smoke. Outside it was a clear cold day about 48 degrees, with almost no wind.
No matter what I could do, I couldn't get the egg over 400 degrees, and barely even to that. I wanted to seer them at 700+ but could NOT get them even close. I had the bottom grate open full, and nothing on top - no daisy wheel, nothing.
I ended up cooking them at 375, and just waited while they cooked. They came out great, after waiting way too log, but still were juicy and amazing. After eating I stirred the remaining lump, and decided to burn it all off to clean the egg entirely out. It's been burning open, no top, and full open grate with the egg closed, ever since dinner, and has never topped 400 degrees.
WHAT is going on?