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Temp drops after restricting air

Cooking steaks for first time and wanted to hit 600. I saw my temp at 590 and quickly put the cap on and slid the vent to around an inch. I expected the temp to rise and it did to 650. Then it dropped to 450. Now I'm at 490 and solely slowly climbing. I'm glad I didn't over shoot the target but isn't this odd? Still new to this so trying to learn.
XL egg owner, home brewer, jogger, coffee roaster, gamer 

Comments

  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,817
    You may have a problem hitting 600* with the daisy on. I don't but some do. You are going to be open two inches minimum on the lower vent.

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,691
    I never (never) use the daisy wheel at all.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 12,872
    I haven't used the DFMT in a couple of years. Except for lo n slow cooks. Not even sure I need it for those, but I haven't tried it. Easier to fiddle with just one vent.

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

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    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • Mickey said:
    I never (never) use the daisy wheel at all.

    I haven't used the DFMT in a couple of years. Except for lo n slow cooks. Not even sure I need it for those, but I haven't tried it. Easier to fiddle with just one vent.
    Things get confusing when you reach a certain age.
    =))

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • pretzelbpretzelb Posts: 156
    Well this is new information. I have only had my XL for 2 weeks but I assumed you needed the daisy wheel for small adjustments. It would be great if I only had to mess with one vent. 
    XL egg owner, home brewer, jogger, coffee roaster, gamer 
  • As long as your gasket is in pretty good condition you can maintain really decent control of the temperature anywhere above 275* probably lower using just the lower vent.  Just have to be patient with adjusting the lower vent and pay attention after you make adjustments. 
    I raise my kids, cook and golf.  When work gets in the way I'm pissed, I'm pissed off 48 weeks a year.
    Inbetween Iowa and Colorado, not close to anything remotely entertaining outside of football season. 
  • BYS1981BYS1981 Posts: 2,524
    I don't use the dfmt either. KISS. Keep it simple stupid.
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    Mickey said:
    I never (never) use the daisy wheel at all.

    I have used this method on other charcoal grills. I always figured what can't go in the bottom can't go out the top. Didn't know if it would work on the BGE. I'll have to try it now.
    Large BGE, Holland Gas Grill, Masterbuilt electric smoker, Oklahoma Joe, Flame Boss
  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 1,053
    I don't use the daisy above 300 degrees but a fellow egger friend of mine swears that by using it, chicken stays even more moist.  I'm in the process of experimenting to see if I can tell the difference.

    Two XL BGEs - So Happy!!!!

    Waunakee, WI

  • Hungry JoeHungry Joe Posts: 1,536

    Sometimes when you are heating up the egg you will get flames shooting up which cause a spike on the thermometer. When you put the cap make on those flame died down and you got a more accurate reading.

    Like the others I use my daisy wheel less and less, mostly when I am in the 400 degree or higher range.

  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,691
    pretzelb said:
    Well this is new information. I have only had my XL for 2 weeks but I assumed you needed the daisy wheel for small adjustments. It would be great if I only had to mess with one vent. 

    Bingo
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • Hungry JoeHungry Joe Posts: 1,536
    pretzelb said:
    Well this is new information. I have only had my XL for 2 weeks but I assumed you needed the daisy wheel for small adjustments. It would be great if I only had to mess with one vent. 

    Going topless doesn't make you any less a man.

    Both ways work well and the daisy wheel can help make minor adjustments. Do what ever works for you.

  • Most of the time my lower door does the trick, but when the Iowa prairie winds begin gusting temperature control requires I use the DFMT to not allow the winds to supply too much air through the top vent.  I believe that when the wind comes from the right direction around the edge of the house it acts like a flute being played and clears out the oxygen depleted air in the dome and allows the fire to rise in temperature.
    A poor widows son.
    See der Rabbits, Iowa
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