I received a medium bge as a Christmas present and was very excited, because I had heard so many good things about this grill. I would consider myself a decent cook, but I had given up on outdoor cooking because I could never get high enough or consistent enough temperatures on a grill to be happy with the results. Well I've been cooking on this grill, reading the forums and watching the cooking videos and I just can't seem to get the BGE to do what you all rave so much about on the forum.
For example, today I did some simple strip steaks. I filled with BGE charcol to just above the vent holes. After a little over 30 minutes the egg finally reached just under 500 degrees. It didn't look to be going any higher so I started my steaks. After the steaks were on and I closed the lid, the temperature dropped to below 400 and never rose back to much above 400 during the entire cooking. What did happen though is that I had so much flare up inside the egg that the steak were chared to an almost inedable state.
Now, with so many people loving this grill I am perfectly willing to believe I am doing something wrong, but I can't figure out what it is. Has anyone else had a similar experience using this product, and can anyone offer suggestions to help.