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Not sure if I am having problems, or if I am just being
impatient, or other.
I made a home made indirect setup and im not sure if by messing with internal air flow if Ive caused my egg to be unstable....
Tonight I made my first actual cook with my newly acquired
Small BGE. I did a spatchcock chicken. I started by lighting some coals and
topping off the charcoal to about an inch or so above the seam of the firebox
and ring. I inserted my home made
indirect setup consisting of:
Placing a grate on to the fire ring . Then I put an 8” pie plate on top of that first grate for drippings and heat
deflection. I then made a few tin foil balls to raise the cooking grid to the
felt line. I placed my cooking grate on top of the tin foil balls and it sat at the felt line. Additionally I added some tinfoil ends to my top cooking grate (creating
an open rectangular middle on the top grate). Now, I had a completely indirect cooking grid, however
different sections of the cooking area were difused at different grate levels. The sides were diffused with foil on the top grid and the middle diffused with
a drip pan on the bottom grid, I THINK that allowed enough air flow.
I got everything up to 400 degrees figuring my cold chicken
would bring everything down to the 350-375 range. I let it sit there for 15
minutes or so while I prepped my bird, then I opened the egg up put the bird in
and got the lid shut pretty quickly. My Daisy wheel lost adjustment so I
eyeballed it back; I also backed the bottom damped back about 1/8th of
an inch because my desired cooking temp was right at 375 not 400. Now, at first everything
was great. It all held a just under 375 for the first half hour, and then it
started dropping, and I started opening vents up, but still, it kept dropping. (The
fire was absolutely NOT out) Eventually I got frustrated and decided there wasn’t
much time left in the cook and decided to heck with it and I opened everything up until it
finally inched up. However my nice clear almost non existent smoke became a bit
polluted from my vent fiddling, but that is another story all together.
So did I choke my egg with my home made indirect
contraption? Or did I probably just set the dampers wrong when I lost
adjustment when the lid was opened? The part that puzzles me is it was rock
steady for 30 minutes.