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New cook here

jimdamedicjimdamedic Posts: 2
edited 8:03PM in EggHead Forum
Just finishing my first cook. The turkey looks great. While shutting down my egg, I noticed that the bottom mesh grate doesn't close all the way, it stays open about 1/2 inch. The instructions say to completely close the bottom grate. Is it normal to stay slightly open?


  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,711
    That is not normal, it should shut all the way, if it stays open your lump will continue to burn, & at a 1/2 inch, it'll be hard to maintain smoking temperatures
    happy in the hut
    West Chester Pennsylvania
  • Mike in AbitaMike in Abita Posts: 3,302
    I agree with Zippy. There is somethting blocking the vent. Pull, push, adjust the vent till it's completely closed.
  • This falls under the category of a newbie not knowing what he's doing. I was attempting to shut the grate by sliding the metal piece behind the grate, not in front of it. It works much better now. Thanks.
  • ZippylipZippylip Posts: 4,711
    don't worry about it, a few hundred more mistakes in every aspect of egg'n & you will be an oldbie
    happy in the hut
    West Chester Pennsylvania
  • Austin SmokerAustin Smoker Posts: 1,467
    Welcome aboard!! Did you smoke the Turkey?
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