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No wind=tough temp?

I was doing some wings last night indirect and there was absolutely no breeze at all. I had the bottom vent opened about two inches and the daisy wheel off and the egg just didn't want to get up to temp. Finally towards the end of the cook the dome temp was getting up to about 375°. And there was plenty of lump lit. And yes, the dome thermo is calibrated and I was using a maverick as well. Does anyone else have problems getting a good fire going hot when there's no wind or breeze whatsoever?
NW IOWA

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  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 15,162
    Not when it's over 100℉ outside to begin with =))
    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
  • JeremiahJeremiah Posts: 4,055
    Clogged?
    Slumming it in Aiken, SC. 
  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 15,162
    JK. Obviously if there were more wind it may help. But, there is a natural drafting that occurs with the egg w/ the lower and DFMT. Check for a clogged or partially clogged fire grid and same on the fire box holes. You have to be able to get air for proper temp control.
    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
    Die Hard HUSKER & BRONCO FAN
    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
  • CLT_BGECLT_BGE Posts: 12
    Today was my first use with the High-Que fire grate.  I previously had trouble getting the egg above 300 and could see through the ash door that there was lump clogging the holes.  The High-Que seems to have taken care of that.  
  • Philly35Philly35 Posts: 695
    It wasn't clogged. I think it's just tougher to get a hotter temp going when it's so calm.
    NW IOWA
  • jhl192jhl192 Posts: 1,003
    Lately there have been a lot of issues with not being able to reach or maintain temp. It's not the breeze. Two things may be causing this, high humidity causing the lump to absorb moisture and reduced airflow due to a clogged grate or too many small pieces. Try storing your lump in a dry place and a high queue grate.
    XL BGE; Medium BGE; L BGE 
  • Philly35Philly35 Posts: 695
    I normally don't have a problem reaching or holding temp. In my experiences I've noticed that no wind can make reaching temp hard. I've done indirect cooks at 400 with the DFMT on and opened some and the bottom vent opened an inch. It just seems the calmer the breeze, the more I have to open the vents. My grate is not clogged.
    NW IOWA
  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 6,875
    Did you just fill the egg from the bottom of the bag of lump?? I used to see the same thing when the last bit of lump was nothing but dust.

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  • mcmacmcmac Posts: 493
    As long as I have enough lump I never have a problem, and we seldom have wind where my egg is located. I think the others have given good advice as it relates to air flow and humidity.
    XL BGE -  Med BGE - Mini BGE - Traeger Pellet Grills

     Hillsboro OR
  • SGHSGH Posts: 22,224
    What brother @NPHuskerFL‌ said above.^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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    Arsenal-Just a small wore out and broken down Weber kettle. No other means to cook at all.
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  • xiphoid007xiphoid007 Posts: 519
    I find I have an easier time leaving the bottom damper open fully and just dialing the daisy wheel. The only time use the bottom damper is when I'm trying to get down to 250 or so.
    Pittsburgh, PA - 1 LBGE
  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,507
    Just the opposite here. Only use the daisy wheel if cooking below 300. Haven't seen any issue with no breeze. More of an issue keeping a low temp in high wind.
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  • DMWDMW Posts: 9,717
    Shop vac with the hose on the exhaust side. Works every time for me when I'm in a hurry. Hair dryer would work as well. Turns the egg into a blast furnace if you want.
    My Facebook Page where I document my cooking
    Morgantown, PA

    XL BGE - S BGE - KJ Jr - HB Legacy - BS Pizza Oven - 30" Firepit - King Kooker Fryer -  PR72T - 18.5" WSM - Gasser - WSJ - BS 17" Griddle
  • xiphoid007xiphoid007 Posts: 519
    Since I light with my looftlighter, I will bust it out too of I can't get up to temp. A little easier than pullin' out the shop vac!
    Pittsburgh, PA - 1 LBGE
  • DMWDMW Posts: 9,717
    I keep a small shop vac in my deck box. I'm not weird or anything... Ok, maybe I am...
    My Facebook Page where I document my cooking
    Morgantown, PA

    XL BGE - S BGE - KJ Jr - HB Legacy - BS Pizza Oven - 30" Firepit - King Kooker Fryer -  PR72T - 18.5" WSM - Gasser - WSJ - BS 17" Griddle
  • bearBGEbearBGE Posts: 129
    The only time I've ever had a problem was last week when my dumb@$$ decided to take apart the grill and not line everything up properly and there are times during the winter I grill in my garage where there is no wind at all...
  • stemc33stemc33 Posts: 3,567
    @Philly35‌ you need to look at all aspects of the fire triangle or I should say fire tetrahedron to figure out the problem. I agree that the wind helps considerable when it comes to helping with the draft. Your problem is probably airflow, but you might have something else going on. If you can establish a good hot fire, the heat will create more draft allowing more oxygen to get to the fuel regardless if there is a breeze. A good fire will suck oxygen like a.....

    I occasionally struggle with my fires(not just on the BGE). It frustrates the $#!+ out of me that I can't figure out how to consistently build a perfect fire. Sometimes I can get my house over 90° when it's -10° and other times I struggle to keep it at 65° when it's 30°. I use a small coal stove and it's finicky.

    For some reason, I have a feeling that everyone struggles at one time or another to start a perfect fire every time they light up the BGE .

    Im not much of a fire artist, but I'm sure there's somebody on the forum that knows and can explain how to get things hot from a science perspective.

    In the mean time, I suggest using the tips @DMW‌ or @xiphoid007‌ mentioned.
    Steven
    Mini Max with Woo stone combo, LBGE, iGrill 2, Plate Setter, 
    two cotton pot holders to handle PS
    Banner, Wyoming
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