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temp problems

4th cook, been doing fine with all meats.  Tonite I can’t get temp above 200 with egg thermometer or digital.  Wide open, no ash in bottom.  80 degrees outside, light rain.   Any suggestions? 

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  • SonVoltSonVolt Posts: 3,035
    Your fire grate holes aren't plugged with small pieces of charcoal are they? 
    South of Nashville  -  BGE XL  -  Alfresco 42" ALXE  -  Alfresco Versa Burner  - Sunbeam Microwave 
  • May have been the problem.  Moved around and poked.   Up to 300 in about 2 minutes.  Thanks for the quick reply.  First steak cook and need it hot!! 
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 24,380
    edited June 2018
    Always remember, the BGE is a simple cooking machine.  Once you have fuel and an ignition source, then the thing runs on air-flow.  Manage the air-flow and control the cook temp via the fire volume.  The preceding does not account for running out of fuel late in the cook.  FWIW-
    Edit:  Welcome aboard and enjoy the journey.  Above all, have fun.
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • Jupiter JimJupiter Jim Posts: 3,351

    You can avoid this with a Kick Ash Basket!

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    I'm only hungry when I'm awake!

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  • Steaks are unreal.   Thanks for the quick tips.   Used BGE charcoal and 3/4 of the bag was small.   Gonna try Rockwood (live in MO so may as well support.)   Peace all - time to eat 
  • RRPRRP Posts: 24,126
    Steaks are unreal.   Thanks for the quick tips.   Used BGE charcoal and 3/4 of the bag was small.   Gonna try Rockwood (live in MO so may as well support.)   Peace all - time to eat 
    BINGO! Your steaks were just another magic moment thanks to BGE. 

    BTW where in MO? 
    Re-gasketing America one yard at a time.
  • jtcBoyntonjtcBoynton Posts: 2,773
    Steaks are unreal.   Thanks for the quick tips.   Used BGE charcoal and 3/4 of the bag was small.   Gonna try Rockwood (live in MO so may as well support.)   Peace all - time to eat 
    Always remember that the major determining factor on the size of the pieces in the bag is how the bag was handled during its trip from the manufacturer to you.  @RRP has a method he uses to judge how well a bag survived transport - worth a search and read.
    Southeast Florida - LBGE
    In cooking, often we implement steps for which we have no explanations other than ‘that’s what everybody else does’ or ‘that’s what I have been told.’  Dare to think for yourself.
     
  • RRC I’m in O’Fallon MO.  jtcB thanks, will do!!  
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