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Large egg flames

surveyorsurveyor Posts: 114
edited 4:30AM in EggHead Forum
Cooking pizza last night. Temp would not rise so I used my wiggle rod as I have done many times before. Flames shot out of the bottom vent door and caught my jacket on fire. Temp rose instantly to over 800 put on the top vent and closed the bottom vent. Temp went back down to 200. Opened everything back up and about every 30 seconds or so flame shot out of the bottom door and each time the temp rose about 100 degrees. this went on for a while and finally everything stabalized at about 550 never had that happen before and I have had my large for about 12 years. What could cause this?


  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,247
    Zombies!! I have had my large blow flame out the bottom vent at 250 and also 600F. I always stand off to the side for the bottom vent and wear my silicon gloves before I lift the top. Voodoo???
  • surveyorsurveyor Posts: 114
    Lifting the lid I know that happens but never had I had the bottom blow flames like that. I was just wondering if there is something that I did to cause this or does it happen when certain conditions happen
  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,247
    Usually it happens when the temp is high, 450++.
  • You had an oxygen starved fire, large mass of lump burning not much oxygen. Sounds like there was a large build up of ash under the lump, you should clean the entire egg. This includes taking the charcoal grate out.

    The spikes in temp were the flames hitting thermometer.
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  • LitLit Posts: 6,891
    Sometimes I use my guru to get my egg to 250 fast and as soon as the guru stops pushing air into the egg every couple seconds I will hear a weird sound and a big gush of air and smoke will push through the top gasket. It seems like the guru got the bottom lump hot enough to flame but when the oxygen is cut off as soon as it gets enough oxygen to flame again it ignites. If the guru wasn't on the bottom vent I'm sure flames would come out.
  • Little ChefLittle Chef Posts: 4,725
    You absolutely, no question, had an oxygen starved fire. This has happened to me ONCE...and I know it is because I dumped all the lump from the bottom of the bag, including a good amount of dust. I will NEVER do that again! :blink: We have been egging a LONG time, and I admit, it was the first time the Egg actually scared me. It was an airflow issue, for sure. Did you happen to use the last of a bag of lump?? :huh:
  • surveyorsurveyor Posts: 114
    I think that must of been it. I used the last of a bag and it did have alot of dust. I have done that before with no problem but that seems to be right, I just won't do that againg thanks.
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    It ain't a problem if you will stir the lump after you dump it.
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    Just stir the lump after you dump it in.Problem solved.
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    Gu..who? ;) :)
  • surveyorsurveyor Posts: 114
    Thanks I will try always be sure to do that. People here are really great Thanks
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