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  • Re: XL People - CGS SS Charcoal Ring

    Plano_JJ said:
    I see what your saying but wouldn't the air that is coming in around the reducing ring still feed the fire even though it is not coming up strictly through the charcoal? I would think the more air the better. I am asking because I don't know.
    My take on this is that airflow in the egg is going to always tend to go upward.  If you are using the wire ring, then the outside holes on the grate may contribute to the fire, but if you are using the solid-wall reducer I don't think the air would go up 3 or 4 inches then back down to feed the fire.

    The air coming out of the side holes in the firebox would need to travel horizontally for a ways also in order to contribute, but the general upward flow of gases would tend to push them up before they got to the fire.

    This is all mind-experiment stuff that I cannot prove.  It would be easy for you (or others) to try this for yourself.  If you think it does not help, no need to do it again...

    Ever since the early days of cooking on my first XL, I've been extremely sensitive to airflow that bypasses the charcoal bed.  For a while, I could not get my XL up to pizza cooking temperatures.  I discovered that some air would come through the gap between the fire-ring and egg shell and bypass the fire.  After I put an aluminum foil gasket between the fire ring and shell, my ability to get higher temps improved markedly.

    I can only relate what works for me.  YMMV.  If you try it, it doesn't help, and you think I'm full of hooey -- I will not be offended if you tell me so!