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Doesn't heat up anymore

TomTom Posts: 189
edited 9:46PM in EggHead Forum
I have had my Egg about 2 months now, I used to be able to heat it to 800 degrees, now I can only get it to 300 by leaving it wide open and if I close the lid it goes to 200 or less. I have tried a new bad of lump charcoal and it does better, but It still is not what it used to be. Please help.

Comments

  • PujPuj Posts: 615
    Tom,[p]Check your airflow; align the fire box with the bottom vent, make sure all holes are clear of ash and lump remnants.[p]What brand of lump are you using?[p]Puj
  • JanetJanet Posts: 102
    Tom,
    The only reason I'm asking this is because it happened to me! Have you checked your thermometer? The dial on mine got turned and had me a bit confused. Recalibrated it and all was ok.[p]Janet

  • SundownSundown Posts: 2,965
    Tom,
    Janet ans Puj hit the nail on the head. Not much else to look for except damp or wet charcoal.

  • EarlEarl Posts: 468
    Tom,
    I posted some time ago about this problem & Gord ( GFW ) was nice enough to have kept it on his BBQ page. Hope it helps some, also, like the others have mentioned, check your thermometer as well.[p]Earl[p]Just a few things I looked for when I started. These ideas came from everyone on the
    forum. Some may sound simple but they all contribute to the temp problems. [p] Make sure lower firebox side opening, lines up 100% with the lower vent door
    Clean as much burnt coals from bottom of egg so as air will flow freely, this includes
    coals that may be between the firebox & the inside wall.
    Depending on the type of top you have ( slider or daisy wheel) I remove the daisy wheel
    totally until I am going too shut the temp down.
    Clear small lumps from bottom grate, also stops good air flow.
    Even with damp charcoal temp will eventually get to 800-1000 plus degrees.
    Try to add more coals to see if this helps
    Hope at least one of these things help. [p]

    [ul][li]GFW's BBQ Page[/ul]
  • JethroJethro Posts: 495
    Tom,[p]I had the same problem recently. I found out the reason for my problem was a broken fire grate.[p]Just anohter thing to check on.[p]Jethro
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