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BuckBuck Posts: 21
edited 4:22PM in EggHead Forum
I cannot seem to get my egg over about 590. Who can help?


  • Vegas SlimVegas Slim Posts: 166
    well i would think that you have some air holes plugged in the grate when my egg has fresh lump and i know it has no plugged vent holes on the bottom it has no problme getting to 700 plus in a very short amount of time to speed things up i will point my egg so the wind blows into the bottm vent when wanting turbo cooks you can try to unplug the holes by using a coat hanger bent at a 90

  • BuckBuck Posts: 21
    Vegas Slim, I have tried this method, with no sucsess. I will continue trying, all atempts have been at or around 60 outside temp. How much lump, full firebox? Slide wheel off? Full open slide?[p]
  • char buddychar buddy Posts: 562
    buck,[p]assuming that your lower vent is aligned properly with your ash chamber's opening, you might try lighting your fuel from below. This works well if you get weber firestarter cubes (or anything like them). put two or three in the ash chamber. light'em up. If they don't get your fire going, that tells you whether there are any problems with the fire grate - or something else basic like that. if they catch they will give you a hot, sustained fire within 15 minutes or so.[p]good luck,

  • Vegas SlimVegas Slim Posts: 166
    buck, char buddy has a great point make sure the opening of fire chamber is lined up with the lower vent and also about bottom starting for a hot fire use top starting for low and slow make sure bottom vent is wide open and NO TOP watch temp as it will rise quickly or at least it should and good luck

  • ShelbyShelby Posts: 803
    Like char buddy said...make sure things are lined up properly; clean out old, small bits of lump and ash, then load it up with a full load of fresh lump, no daisy wheel on top and wide open bottom vent. If that still doesn't work, chcek/regauge your thermometer.

  • BlueSmokeBlueSmoke Posts: 1,678
    I recently switched both large and small Eggs to iron grates. (Using the medium grate in the small Egg.) Both units come to temp (even 700º) faster than with the ceramic grates. As they are also thinner than the ceramic, there's less chance for ash clog. I love 'em.[p]Ken

  • BordelloBordello Posts: 5,926
    Vegas Slim,
    Funny how we all have different luck doing things. I have tried the bottom light method several times and feel like I am watch a pot of water, waiting for it boil. I always light from the top, only because it works best for me. I also leave my dome open till the cube goes out, there are many that prefer to close the dome as soon as they light the cube. When not using a cube I use my propane torch.
    Cheers to ya,
    New Bob

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