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Maverick grill probe fluctuations

My Maverick arrived on New Years Eve, and I immediately put it to use today for my family's belated Christmas celebration.  I cooked a boneless 7lb prime rib, (following Griffin's method).  I set the dome temp to about 290 and put the roast on.  I put the grill probe directly over the plate setter leg, shut the dome, and over the next 20-30 minutes, the grill temp was all over the place.  I thought that dome temp was typically 15-20 degrees hotter than grid temp, and that is not what I saw at all.

Within a few minutes, grid temp was 315, while dome temp was still 290.  A few minutes later, grid temp climbed to 335, and the dome temp hadn't moved.  The highest the grid temp registered was 350.  I hadn't touched the daisy wheel or the vent, and the meat temp climbed slowly. 

I freaked out a little, and closed the vent door to about a half an inch, and closed the DW a little.  An hour in, the grid temp was 300, and the dome temp was 295.  2 hours in, grid temp was 280, and dome temp was 290.

Anybody else experience this? 

BTW, the meat probe worked great.  Pulled the prime rib at 135, and the whole family loved it.  The grill probe just threw me for a loop during the cook.

LBGE since June 2012

Omaha, NE

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