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lower vent

a friend of mine just got his xl and the vent door is very hard to close or open, i have a large and mine slides fine. his also seems flimsy, when i was trying to lower the temp it felt like i was gonna bend the tab, does this sound like a common problem , it was his first cook last night so we didnt have a chance to look at it in the daytime. but were gonna look at it tomorrow, i told him he might have to call the dealer. any info ahead would be great


  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,986
    Look at the track it slides on...something in it or pinched maybe.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • jscarfojscarfo Posts: 405
    No sure gonna look at it tomorrow .
  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 8,347
    edited January 2013
    When asked about controlling temp there are two "book ends". Some use the lower vent only, with the DFMT off for cooks over 350F. Some use the DFMT only for temp control. (Others use them both)
    The reason many use the DFMT is because the lower vent is often a sticking, rip a whole in your finger frustrating POS, patented device. Guess which camp I'm in. 

    I still of course use it on low and slows, but for grilling, the top vent does it all. Guys like Mickey use the lower vent and in fact take the DFMT off. 

    I think it is normal that some lower vents stick. Check they are clean and that the slider goes over the screen. 
    Delta B.C. - Move over coffee, this is job for alcohol!
  • jscarfojscarfo Posts: 405
    The other thing I noticed is the dome is low, and I saw a pic on forum of the new xl with a higher dome. Did they sell him a egg that's been at there store for a couple of years?
  • ChokeOnSmokeChokeOnSmoke Posts: 1,914
    edited January 2013
    If the bottom vent is sticking, all you have to do is take a screwdriver and "adjust" it slightly.  Mine didn't slide well at all when I got it.  Just wedge the bottom slide open a little and evenly and it will be fine.
    Packerland, Wisconsin

  • jscarfojscarfo Posts: 405
    Ok thanks
  • I tend to use the bottom vent exclusively unless I'm under 300.  Then I put on the daisy and go from there.
    Flint, Michigan
  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 9,860

    As for the "squatty" dome, that is an indication that it is an older model XL.  Perhaps you could post up a pic to confirm?  If it were me, I would want the newer model.

    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

  • jscarfojscarfo Posts: 405
    Looks short to me, when did they start making the new style?
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,020
    edited January 2013
    i think they changed that dome abbout 4 or 5 years ago, if i wanted a designated pixxa egg that would be my choice but not for regular egging. open the track with a screwdriver, dont make it loose though, you want it snug enough that a tap makes a small adjustment. that looks like the taller dome to me though
  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 9,860
    edited January 2013
    jscarfo said:
    Looks short to me, when did they start making the new style?
    I think that is the newer one.  I don't have an XL...just going from memory of pictures.  The original XL had a dome that was nearly flat at the top.  

    Google-fu.  Waaaa-chaaaaa!

    Which came first the chicken or the egg?  I egged the chicken and then I ate his leg. 

  • Pretty sure that is the newer style, it has dimples like a golf ball. The older ones I have seen have a kinda" stucco look and a very flat looking dome.
    Ova B.
    Fulton MO
  • jscarfojscarfo Posts: 405
    Ok thanks for all the info
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