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  • Re: Party Q is Rollin !

    I found that settling the Egg in on your target temp manually before starting the PartyQ up is what works best for me. Say my target temp is 250 - I get the Egg to that temp and place a large chunk of cold meat in there. The probe is going to sense a lower temp at that point and cause the fan to run which will cause a larger fire than you need. I put the meat in and wait a couple of hours for the temp to settle in before I turn the Q on.

    The first time I used my Q I turned it on right away when I put the meat in. The thing took off and ran almost continuously for the first 30 min and then overshot my temp. Then it say idle for over an hour waiting for the temp to drop back to target. Using my new method, it settles in much quicker. I also charred the crap out of the bottom of my butt that time due to the raging fire it created,

    Also - try to clip the probe over the platesetter somewhere. Do not place it over coals.
  • Re: OT: best vacuum sealer?

    I bought a Weston Pro Series sealer a few weeks ago. I have done a fair amount of sealing with it and I'm more than happy. They are expensive, but my main motivation for springing for one of these is that you can get replacements for EVERY part on the machine. These are not throw-away units like so many things are these days.

    I also bought a 50' roll of 11" wide bags. You cut to whatever length you need, seal one end, fill, and seal the other end. We have also cut them in half lengthwise and made 5.5" wide bags for smaller stuff. A roll of this is $20 through Weston. Still working on the first roll and we've sealed a bunch of stuff so far.

  • Re: 2013 season kicked off!

    Correct. The snow doesn't slow the Egg down, but me on the other hand...  LOL
  • Re: Don't ever doubt BGE and their Customer Service

    Sorry, but i do not consider this "AMAZING" customer service, these are things that should be handled under "NORMAL" customer service.  Not trying to start a peeing contest, but i am a customer that wants to be treated with respect!  I was in business for 35 years, and i went out of my way to make my customers happy.  Customer service is basically common sense..  
    While I agree with you 100% on good customer service, the example given really is amazing in this day and age. And very rare.
  • Re: temperature drop / ramp up question

    I have had this happen. My theory on the cause is with the vents wide open, the fire is getting plenty of air and creating flames. The flames artificially raise the temp on the dome thermometer, causing you to want to close vents as you think you are approaching target temp. Your ceramic temps have not really come up close to your target temps though. You then cut the air flow down, causing the flames to die down and you are left with glowing embers that eventually will bring the Egg to the temp you want, but takes awhile. I mostly see this with pizza cooks where I am looking for high temps. With the bottom vent wide open and nothing on the top, one can look into the top and see flames rising around the platesetter and licking at the thermometer. The temp readout will be rather high. Due to my dough recipe, I want to limit temps to 6-700, so I will close the bottom vent down a little, causing flames to die down as well. I often see a considerable initial drop on the dial before it will recover again in time.