Welcome to the EGGhead Forum - a great place to visit and packed with tips and EGGspert advice! You can also join the conversation and get more information and amazing kamado recipes by following Big Green Egg at:
My handle on my XL gets hot when tips open but there's no reason for it to stay open long enough for the wood to catch fire. I'm closer to your side that the XL handle does get hot up there but still scratching my head on what you were cooking and even how to leave it open that long. The flames would have been so wicked you wouldn't be able to get close to the egg.