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Why can't I get my egg over 600

chiefsfanchiefsfan Posts: 8
edited 1:57PM in EggHead Forum
degrees?
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  • Celtic WolfCeltic Wolf Posts: 9,768
    First why do you want too?

    Second you need to tell us more about your setup. Lots of things can be astray..
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  • EggsakleyEggsakley Posts: 1,014
    Load it with fresh lump, remove the DMFT and light that bad boy. Leave the bottom vent wide open. You will go way beyond 600 or your thermometer is jacked up. This is assuming you have adequate air flow through you grate. 600 is easily obtainable.
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  • Mike in AbitaMike in Abita Posts: 3,302
    Heat is nothing more than air+fuel. If you have enough airflow and enough lump charcoal you will get heat. if your thermometer isn't reading it, it just may be a thermo that is out of calibration. If it doesn't look like the photo below then I would say to check your firebox and make sure you are lined up porperly. Add more lump than you think you might need and remove the daisy wheel, pen the bottom vent fully.

    Steak005.jpg
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  • smoker62smoker62 Posts: 80
    If you just dump in the lump you may not get enough air flow. I like to sear steaks around 750. I clean the firebox and stack my lump with bigger pieces then add smaller until full. No cap on top. Vent open and usually screen open until it hits the temp, then I close the screen until it holds were I want it. Small pieces dumped in will make it harder to get the air through . But I am still a newbie so take better advice than mine. :whistle:
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  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,168
    Meh....stacking lump is way overrated. I've honestly never stacked or sorted lump in my life and I have no problem keeping low temps or burying the needle on the high side.

    Clean egg, no blocked holes, and WFO air flow are all you need. It will get there.

    In this case I think the problem is the dude's choice in football teams. :P
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  • lowercasebilllowercasebill Posts: 5,218
    clean out the egg , look at the fire box ... see the little holes,, ash and lump fall thru them and fill the space btween the base of the fire box and and the wall of the egg over time.. how long have you had your egg? i used to lift out the fire ring and fire box periodically and brush it clean ,, now i run the small shop vac hose thru this space regularly and only remove the innards every few months. if that space fills up enough you will have trouble getting above 400.
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  • smoker62smoker62 Posts: 80
    Fidel wrote:
    Meh....stacking lump is way overrated. I've honestly never stacked or sorted lump in my life and I have no problem keeping low temps or burying the needle on the high side.

    Clean egg, no blocked holes, and WFO air flow are all you need. It will get there.

    In this case I think the problem is the dude's choice in football teams. :P


    You dont get plugged holes dumping right out of the bag? Maybe its my Royal oak lump and smaller pieces but I seem to have trouble getting up unless I stack somewhat. But like I said , I am a rookie. :laugh:
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  • WessBWessB Posts: 6,937
    No way to answer that with the lack of details provided...and I concurr....why would you want to..
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  • BacchusBacchus Posts: 6,019
    Almost never. And if a few get blocked it would be partially and the other holes would offer plenty of flow anyway.
    I have built 800 fires with lump consisting of not one piece larger than a golfball, most marble sized.
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  • MazzdogMazzdog Posts: 44
    Gorgeous... Simply Gorgeous... Makes me want to sear a Rib Eye and then bust out some marshmallows for S'mores..
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  • smoker62smoker62 Posts: 80
    Bacchus wrote:
    Almost never. And if a few get blocked it would be partially and the other holes would offer plenty of flow anyway.
    I have built 800 fires with lump consisting of not one piece larger than a golfball, most marble sized.

    Sounds like I have been wasting my time with the stacking, but it is kinda fun for now. Makes me feel like a real technician.
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  • BigGreenDonBigGreenDon Posts: 166
    Hey!

    I like the way you just wedged that half-grate between the firebox and the fire-ring.

    Who needs a stinkin' spider!

    Don
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  • Mark0525Mark0525 Posts: 1,225
    I agree with you with the poor choice in football team...lol
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  • Mike in AbitaMike in Abita Posts: 3,302
    DON'T do it. That was the cook that resulted in this. Unless you have room for the CI to expand at least 3/4" in that area you run the risk of splitting the base.

    Crack001.jpg

    Not a good day in Abita when that happened.
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  • Mike in AbitaMike in Abita Posts: 3,302
    That is exactly what it did. Besides crracking the base it cooked one of my best ribeyes.

    Steak010.jpg
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  • redneck6497redneck6497 Posts: 177
    What specifically was done to crack the egg?
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  • Mike in AbitaMike in Abita Posts: 3,302
    The heat from the fire caused the CI to expand. By putting it between the firebox and ring it did not have enough room in that area to expand with out pushing out on the base. It actually split the entire base the only thing holding it together was the base band and the lower vent. It's now in the yard doing duty as a planter.
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  • APDHARLEYAPDHARLEY Posts: 47
    Dang Mike that was a very bad day in Abita! Sure hope you have the repalcement up and running!
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