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Tips for starting the Egg - Bringing to temp.

AztecAztec Posts: 2
edited March 2012 in Using the Egg
I've been using the egg on a regular basis now for 2 months.  I love what it can do, and have read lots, and viewed many videos on tips and tricks from fellow eggheads.  One issue I continue to battle is starting the Egg.  From what I keep reading and seeing, is that it heats up and cools down quickly.  I'm not seeing that.

Here is my typical start:

Open Egg dome.
Open vent
Place Natural fire starter in center of lump
Let sit for 10 minutes or so.
Close dome and open full function metal top.
Wait 30 plus minutes for it to reach 350.....  Is this normal?  If not, what can I do in order to make the Egg's temperature regulate faster.  Don't get me started on how long it takes to reach 600.

Seals are good, Thermometer is calibrated.  I'm at a loss, and need some expert advice.

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