Hop on down to your nearest EGG dealer this week to pick up some Easter EGGcessories! Here are a few that may be useful for Easter, the V-rack, electric charcoal lighter and flexible skewers! Now that Spring is in the air, it's time to think about getting out to one of the many #EGGfests around the country - see a list here
We had one in north Georgia around midnight on Valentine's Day this year. Small one that only lasted 10 seconds or so. Scared the living crap out of myself and the wife. Our four-year-old even sat up in the bed and screamed "what in the world was that?!". If you're not prepared for those things, it is a very creepy experience. I went full recon running around the yard with a flashlight. I thought a plane had crashed nearby. Turned out to be an earthquake.
Same as Hapster said. If it was 350 before, it'll get there again. You have direct heat flowing to the thermo indirect. When you add the platesetter, 1) that large puece of ceramic is blocking direct heat, deflecting it around the edges, and 2). The ceramic plate setter takes a while to take on the heatand get up to temp, thus cooling the egg off temporarily. For me, 375 indirect is about 2.5-3" open at the bottom vent with the daisy wheel completely off. If you want to speed it up, open gently, and when you 're 30-40 degrees below your target temp, dial it back. Keep in mind, it's always easier to get hotter than it is to cool off. That thing holds heat like you wouldn't believe. Happy Egging!
The shop vac works great. Get the flat car vac extension tool and it fits in the bottom damper perfectly. I've had my Egg for a little over a year and a half and I use a shop vac every 1-2 uses. It does a great job getting it cleaned out and even sucks residual ash down from the firebox, keeping the vent holes from getting clogged up. I've also done two clean burns. I just like to get the gunk out of it and keep it looking good.
You can also use a shop vac on blow either in the top, or in the bottom vent, to get a roaring fire going in less time. If I want to sear steaks, I'll use the shop vac to blow into the fire, creating a hell of a fireworks show and getting the Egg stabilized at over 700 in just a few minutes