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I have used the high temperature gasket (nomex felt?) for years and it is still in great shape after 20-30 pizza cooks. Also, I cook pizza with the plate setter legs up, which seems to minimize the amount of flames the gasket takes.
Temp controllers are the way to go. I put a butt on at 9am this Saturday, and had a full day of errands, trip to the gym, trip to the driving range, etc. Checked the pit temp once in the middle of the afternoon and it was 251 (set point of 250). …
I'll echo the comments that the temp controllers work as well as advertised. I built one from a PID controller I bought from Auber Instruments, and it will hold a temp to +/- 1 degree. It is much more precise than my oven.
Sometimes the damper on the fan needs to be closed more. Check and see it's position. If it is all the way open, sometimes that can let too much air in when the fan is off, and your temps can rise. Choke the damper down to half way open and temp …
When I encounter that problem, it is usually too many small (less than the size of a golf ball) pieces of lump, and I don't get a good air flow through the pile. Get rid of the small stuff, use large pieces and it should get hot quick >600F
I just FTCd a pork shoulder this past week. FTCd at noon, and drove 4.5 hours to beach and pulled for dinner. It was probably in the cooler for 6 hours, and was still very hot when I pulled. I didnt check the temperature but I am confident it was…
I don't soak planks either. I was under the impression that the reason you use a plank, is to impart the wood's smoke into the fish (in my case) as it starts to char. Otherwise you are just cooking indirect.
DIY pit controller
12 volt lithium battery to power DIY pit controller in absence of outlet
two pizza stones
two pizza peels
6 pizza serving trays
split fire bric…
I used this when I replaced my gasket and love it. Make sure you don't stretch it as you apply it, because it will shrink. I made sure it had some room to shrink and it has lasted through 10+ pizza cooks with no signs of damage. The adhesive seem…
really? cause my vent settings are definitely different when it is hot outside as opposed to when it is cold outside. pretty sure thats to be understood.
Since cold air is denser, I woul…
I have not had an issue with maintaining temperature, or getting the egg very hot for pizza in winter weather. In fact I just pushed the snow off our egg this evening and it fires up and holds temp just like always.
You think the fire was hot, but I bet you had a lot of medium to small pieces and you were not getting air flow through the stack. With large chunks of charcoal, filled to the top of the fire box, you should be at 600 - 700 dome, no matter what you…
Pro's - it works as advertised, especially on dense lump piles that don't get hot as fast as those with big chunks of lump. Sturdy construction.
Con's - pricey, it also chews through the batteries pretty quickly. I actually bought a 12 volt lithi…