Important lesson learned tonight (still a newbie):
Tried to get my Egg lit to do some split chicken breasts and thighs for the family -- aiming for 375 direct. I had the brilliant idea of using the leftover lump from last week's cook which was an 18 hour pork butt. There was plenty of lump left -- all the way to the top of the fire ring. BUT, what I failed to account for was that it was a LOT of smaller pieces with relatively fewer larger ones mixed in. I did use a makeshift wiggle rod to clear the holes in the fire grate. But ultimately I just couldn't get the fire hot enough even though there was clearly air flowing cleanly through the grate (I could see the glowing coals from underneath).
90 minutes later of trying everything I could think of...I threw in the towel. Clearly there is just too many tiny pieces of lump that need to be cleaned out and re-loaded with fresh lump.
Question: is this typical...do I need to think about cleaning out the fire box each time after a long 'low and slow' cook?