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Getting to temperature

RCBRCB Posts: 16
edited 3:24PM in EggHead Forum
I've had little trouble lighting my egg and getting to a high temp but I am not consistant on getting to a lower set temp efficiently.

I usually try to get the fire near a temp but I might be narrowing the bottom vent too much, too soon along with the top.

Sometimes it takes a long time to get to desired temp or if I let the egg get hot -- 300 plus then back it down (220-250)it seems to take a long time.

Any pointers on a way to get a 220-250 easy,consistantly and keeping the fire going? I must be doing something fundamentally wrong.



  • I am relatively new to All Things Egg, but, after my lump gets going, I shut the dome, have the daisy wheel closed but the small oval holes open and have the bottom vent open about 1inch. As the temp nears 250, I narrow the bottom vent to about 1/2 inch open and close the daisy holes to about half way.

    By the way, I light my lump with a small parafin cube and let it burn for about 10 minutes before closing the dome.

    I try not to overshoot my temp as it takes too long to cool the egg. Try to catch your temp on the way up. Good luck!
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 16,765
    New to BGE but the above posts are the keys to success. I only light in one place (bottom roughly dead center) with either half a starter cube or paper towel and oil. Top open and bottom vent wide open. After good lump ignition (and ignition materials consumed) I shut top, put on DFMT and control DMFT and bottom depending on whether going hot or low and slow. Never had any problems.
    Good luck-
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
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