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I m a 6 year egg veteran and have from time to time I have experienced poor restart on my 2nd or 3rd burn. I am fully aware of the stirring of the coals to drop the ash into the pit. In spite of that rprocess the draw is greatly reduced due to the small coals blocking the holes. One partial solution i have tried is to insert the 3 inch metal tube in the center spot and pour the coals around it. The tube (was the insert of beer chicken rack) has holes in it so it provides air from top to bottom. When all else fail, I take my old vacuum and turn it around, put it on a table the same height as the bottom vent and fire it up blowing air into the belly of the egg. You can get 800 degrees using that method. However I am open to suggestions on normal methods to get better breathing on the restart.
Maybe its me but much of the charcoal seems to be a few large pieces and then a lot of very small pieces. I have tried two brands and still the same poor quality. Any suggestions on brands that are more consistent with their quality.