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Large BGE, Santa Maria Pit, Hasty-Bake Gourmet, MAK One Star Pellet Pooper, 26" Weber, 22" Weber Performer. Most have custom handles made by me.
"Just living from one cook to the next"
I have a large and have figured out that it is pretty finicky if it gets any chunks stuck in the breathing holes below the lump. You definitely have to clean them out and all the ash before you fire up.
I too am having a problem getting my large BGE up to temp. No matter what I do, I evidently can't get proper airflow. I am using Best of the West 100% natural mesquite charcoal. I've cleaned it out completely, started over with fresh charcoal. I've used large lumps, small lumps, combination. I've used electric starter, BGE starters. I get the fire going strong, put the lid down, it goes to about 400 then drops to around 300 and stays there, regardless of venting. Firebox hole is lined up with airvent. Desperate to get cooking, I've even put a small fan near the vent hole to no avail. Thermometer is not off. I have gotten it up to 550 once or twice but don't know that I did anything different. I'm not a novice griller, I know I can't depend on this thing. Nothing can be this finicky.
This replacement grate will be a big help getting up to temperature quicker (I have one and love it!).http://www.high-que.com/b/2992528011PS: my Large BGE will do over 700 - the guage will peg so it is probably going much higher. I use the BGE lump.
Dear fellow EGGers,I am having trouble getting my EGG past 400 degrees. Any thoughts? I have both top and bottom vents open and a Weber chimney full of hardwood charcoal emptied. How to get past 600 degrees for searing also. Thanks alot.Joe
Physics... Heat = Fuel + Oxygen Check the oxygen flow through the lower vent, fire grate and up through the lump bed. Use a wiggle rod to clear an air path through the fire grate and you will get to the famous point of melting your gaskets. GG
This is correct, however moisture in the Egg can make it hard to get it up to temp, I say Burn it out, get it as close to 600 as you can and bake it out. then take everything out and clean all the ash. then all problems should be taken care of.