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Ok, what the f#^€k(pardon the language) gives with the major backdraft on these things, really? I cook bbq for a living and have never had what just happened to me happen. Could some please explain the processes for avoiding this?
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  • when you are doing hi temp cooks you have to burp your egg in other words you need to just open it like a inch to let the air slowly go into the Egg if you open all the way with out burping you get a major back draft and well you know the rest 
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  • It goes like this. If you are shutting down a hot fire like a sear and then roast or if the egg is choked with ash and you have a lot of lump burning you introduce an unlimited supply of oxygen and it will flashback, backflash, back draught. The original method of dealing with this is called burping, where you open the dome and close a couple of times. This resulted in a hell of a lot of burnt knuckles and arm hair. The right way to deal with it is to be aware of the conditions that will cause it and open both vents wide before you open the dome. They will flash out of the lower vent too sometimes so you need to learn to stand aside when cooking hot. Most of us get hammered and forget this invaluable info and get blasted every once in a while.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • Jeremiah said:
    Welcome to the club. Initiation is now complete. Proceed to cook.

    Kurobuta baby back from snake river, grass feed strip from brasstown N.C. I plan to.
  • minniemohminniemoh Posts: 1,844
    Most of us get hammered and forget this invaluable info and get blasted every once in a while.
    Hmmmm... So true! 

    Never had mine flash out the bottom that I've noticed but I can see how it could happen. I suppose a guy could lose his eyebrows and his kneecap hair all in one shot! I had one cook a few weeks ago using a very popular brand of charcoal on the forum. The bag had a lot of fines in it and I had 5 or 6 flashes in one cook even after I thought I had burped it enough. Got to the point where I just used the welding glove on to open the lid for that cook. 

    I also find that I get more flashes when I start the egg from the bottom below the fire grate. There's just a lot of oxygen starved coals in the bottom that way. I guess there's trade offs for getting up to cooking temp in 10 minutes. 

    By the way, if you're trying to convince a buddy to buy an egg, the flashbacks are a bit intimidating.
    L x2, M, S, Mini and a Blackstone 36. She says I have enough now....
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  • Forgot this
  • minniemohminniemoh Posts: 1,844
    =))  OH! BUUUUURRRRNNN!
    L x2, M, S, Mini and a Blackstone 36. She says I have enough now....
    eggAddict from MN!
  • Bastid!

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,507
    The flashback can be your friend. After lighting the Egg for a hot pizza cook, was still getting a lot of 'bad smoke'. Opened her up to a major flashback, and immediately the bad smoke was gone and I was good to go. I've only had one bottom vent flash, which was pretty scary wearing shorts.
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  • Best way to avoid it is to stand back and burp =))
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,582
    That's how Centex gets his crack and sack wax.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • bud812bud812 Posts: 1,715
    henapple said:
    That's how Centex gets his crack and sack wax.
    That must be tough on the ol tallywaker. L-)

    Not to get technical, but according to chemistry alcohol is a solution...

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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 12,789
    Coletrain, what is your Brasstown connection? Just a farmer you found online? I lived there for 5 years.
  • bud812 said:
    henapple said:
    That's how Centex gets his crack and sack wax.
    That must be tough on the ol tallywaker. L-)
    It's better to look good than to feel good

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,582
    Janelle calls him "slick".
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • onedbguruonedbguru Posts: 1,167
    I have never had it back-flash like this even when I have had it at ~750+.... but, my vents are generally wide open at those temp.
  • I thought I read on the forum somewhere that you can avoid flashbacks by closing the vents before lifting the dome.
    Bronxville, New York. XLBGE, MBGE
  • It usually only happens once. There is a fast learning curve. :)
    XL, large and small. Hartwell GA on beautiful Lake Hartwell.
  • The Cen-Tex SmokerThe Cen-Tex Smoker Posts: 14,803
    edited December 2013
    I thought I read on the forum somewhere that you can avoid flashbacks by closing the vents before lifting the dome.

    would you mind trying that with video rolling for us? I'm sure you will be fine :))
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  • I thought I read on the forum somewhere that you can avoid flashbacks by closing the vents before lifting the dome.

    l would you mind trying that with video rolling for us? I'm sure you will be fine :))

    If you weren't kidding and for those who don't know, this is exactly the way you do get flashbacks
    Keeping it Weird in the ATX
    2 Large BGE
    1 MiniMax BGE
    1 Karubecue C60 (aka-"The Dishwasher")
    More accessories than TFJ knows about and one more purchase from mandatory counciling
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,582
    I get flashbacks from 82..nothing to do with the egg.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 12,789





    I thought I read on the forum somewhere that you can avoid flashbacks by closing the vents before lifting the dome.


    l

    would you mind trying that with video rolling for us? I'm sure you will be fine :))




    If you weren't kidding and for those who don't know, this is exactly the way you do get flashbacks

    They call me Mello yellow...

    Quite right, slick...
  • dweebs0rdweebs0r Posts: 514
    edited December 2013
    bud812 said:
    henapple said:
    That's how Centex gets his crack and sack wax.
    That must be tough on the ol tallywaker. L-)
    Nah its cold outside.  Think of a scared turtle.
    -Jody Newell (LBGE & a mini BGE!)
    Location:  Munford, TN  Homepage:  Shadow photo shadow.gif
  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 12,789
    Well, CT does have a pool...

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  • bud812 said:
    henapple said:
    That's how Centex gets his crack and sack wax.
    That must be tough on the ol tallywaker. L-)
    Wrap it in foil first.....
    Simi Valley, California
  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 8,927
    Well, CT does have a pool... image
    This is random, but gifs such as this one freak me out because I swear I can hear the audio when I know there is none...


    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

  • :)
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  • Coletrain, what is your Brasstown connection? Just a farmer you found online? I lived there for 5 years.

    I get it from one of my meat suppliers, Buckhead beef. I also get pigs from them sometimes, the pork is insanely good also.
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