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Does the table make it harder to bring up temp on the egg?

I am new to cooking on the large egg. I had the nest to begin with. I could quickly get the temp up to 600, but as soon as we put the egg on the table I can barely get the temp to 450 which takes about 45 min. Any thoughts or suggestions?


  • robnybbqrobnybbq Posts: 1,907
    I would not think so. It's all about airflow tone bottom vent and the top. If they are not restricted it could be something else. For example damp lump.

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  • I have no problem getting up to 600 - clean out the Egg properly ensuring there is no coals or ash blocking the air flow and you should be good to go.
  • Will give that a try.....thanks
  • Yeah, I don't see how it's possible.  I have my eggs behind closed doors and it doesn't even make a difference.  As stated, it is probably ash in the vent holes.  ALso, charcoal is hygroscopic and absorbs moisture from the atmoshpere.  So, if you had charcoal sitting in the egg for a while with high ambient humidity outside, that too can serisouly affect your burn temps and ease of lighting the charcoal.  
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  • reh111reh111 Posts: 188
    No - the only reason you'll have that problem is blocked air flow from the bottom vent - most of the time when I have that problem it is because the grate that the lump sits on is clogged with small pieces of coal or ash - clean that out and there should not be a problem - the table has nothing to do with it as long as you haven't somehow covered the bottom vent
  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 8,307
    No, a table would not make a difference on getting up to temps with vents open and good lump. A table can, depending on the design, provide a windshield that may produce different result for a low and slow than you experienced with a nest. As others noted, check your air holes....and make sure there is not significant ash build-up between the fire box and the base walls. 
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  • Thanks for all the comments. I cleaned it the ash very well and it is working perfectly again!
  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 6,925
    Oxygen and fuel. Only two things that can prevent fire from getting hot. Not enough air or no lump or wet lump. Glad you got it figured out. Prob the number one question on the forum. Buy a high que grate and you will never have the problem again
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
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