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How to control Temp for SMOKING

RayRay Posts: 59
edited 5:38AM in EggHead Forum
I am having a difficult time keeping the Temp below 300. I have the lower vent and daisy almost completely closed. Any Ideas? Has anyone found that the amount of charcoal affects temp control? It seems to me that it would strictly be an O2 issue...


  • fiver29fiver29 Posts: 628
    Ray,[p]First, make sure you have no leaks between the upper and lower part. Next, I like to start closing the draft door about 10* before target temp. That way you can allow the egg to slowly get to your target temp. Its also easier to maintain lower temps when you have an indirect setup. Less airflow that way.[p]Good Luck!
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  • badbrucebadbruce Posts: 353
    Morning Ray,
    Sounds to me like you have an air leak at the gasket. Try closing Daisy Wheel & bottom vent all the way & toss on a chunck of wood. If you get any smoke through the gasket, well you know, Mabye the eggsperts will have better suggestions.
    Good luck.

  • tach18ktach18k Posts: 1,607
    for mine to hold at 250 the bottom door is open about enought to fit a credit card, the top wheel is about the same. You need to start controling the temp before it hits the mark. Everything in side the Egg like a platesetter needs to be at temp also. It takes time but will come around. Always top off your lump before long low and slow's

  • Ray,[p]I think to really figure out your temp problem we need more specific info on what you're doing. As others have stated, you should always creep UP to your desired temperature, not down. Once the ceramics sit at a higher temperature for too long, it can be a real pain in the balloon knot to get it to come back down in any reasonable length of time.. takes somethin like forever. Sometimes, if I phased out and let it get too high for me, I'll throw some cold mass in there to make the temperature drop a big ol rock, or the plate settern and drip pan if it isn't in yet and they're cold enough. Also, most folks start with a full load of lump, at least half way up the fire ring or more. It won't be a waste, when you shut the egg down tight at the end, it'll go out quick and any remaining lump can be reused for the next burn.[p]StumpBaby
  • tach18ktach18k Posts: 1,607
    StumpBaby, Just thought you would like to know...[p]
  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    in general, you should be coming UP to target temps, not DOWN to them.[p]once the ceramic gets to temp, it takes a long while to lose the heat.[p]if you are gunning for 250, you should start closing the dampers at around 200, and then ease her into a landing.[p]

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