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Visual Guide to Vent Settings & Temperatures

Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
edited 5:03PM in EggHead Forum
Please, Calibrate your dome thermometer, if you don't know how, ask.

There are many ways to reach any given temperature and any method is fine. I tend to use the lower vent for course temperature control and the DFMT to fine tune the final temperature.

Hopefully the following will give new users a head start in learning to control and stabilize their egg.

The following are settings on my Large. The setting for my medium, small and mini settings will vary somewhat.

A stable clean burn can be seen by looking at the dome pictures below. You want a clear or light blue smoke coming out of the egg.

265° Using 1/16” open lower vent

315° Using 1/16” open lower vent

The following have a larger lower vent opening





I need to open the lower vent to go higher. 450°




  • What kind of lump did you use. That makes a difference.
    I haven't found much difference in the type of lump being used. I have used Ranchers, RO both US an Argentina, BGE (same stuff as RO), Cowboy, Mesquite lump.

    These pictures were with RO.

  • Wicked good and a few othr high temp lumps will make a difference.
  • RipnemRipnem Posts: 5,511
    How's Marian and Ginger?

    Oh... and GG.... I got me a mini. :woohoo:

    Let the games begin :)
    I keep hearing that... fact or fiction.

    I sure would like someone with Wicked Good to take and IR reading on the lava looking lump inside egg and post some readings.

    I have never had the opportunity to use Wicked.

  • Ripnem wrote:

    Oh... and GG.... I got me a mini. :woohoo:

    Let the games begin :)

    Congratulations, that's exciting. I will be looking forward to seeing some pictures.

  • GpiscesGpisces Posts: 11
    Just got my egg this weekend and this helps answer a few questions and creates a couple more.... :lol:

    So it looks like you're mainly using the bottom vent instead of the top to regulate temp? I've been trying to use both and it is a bit frustrating. Is using the top with the vents more for slow and low then?

  • tom.atom.a Posts: 1
    I liked your visual guide, but my problem is not with the high temps but the low ones between 200 & 225. I have used 1/16" on the lower control for 265 but when I close it much more, to get the temp lower, the fire goes out. I have varied the top daisy control, but without any result. How can I cook "long and slow" about at 200. I am using "Green Egg" lump charcoal, if that is important. Any advice is appreciated.
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