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How long should egg take to go out

Hi guys,

I have had my egg about a month and I seem to have issues with getting the fire to go out. Last night I shut everything off and this morning I found it was still 70 degrees. I took off the lid to clean it and I saw the fire catching again. My assumption is this is not normal. I paid for big green egg to put it together so I didn’t build it!! Any suggestions/advice other than speaking to them.

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  • TEXASBGE2018TEXASBGE2018 Posts: 3,283
    The thermometer reading 70 degrees would be normal depending on your outside temps. because of retained heat. BUT if you still have coals going after say 12hours of everything being shut down and closed up then I'd say you have a leak in the gasket somewhere.


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  • ThebeastThebeast Posts: 18
    Oh sorry, I’m from the UK. So would be 158F. Yeh it’s still plodding along burning away! I’m thinking maybe raise with them.
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 24,349
    Give it the £ test around the dome/base gasket seating surface.  Put a £ note on the base, shut the dome and pull the note out.  Should get resistance indicating a good seal.  Do this at several points as what you are experiencing means there is an air leak somewhere.  FWIW-
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • Langner91Langner91 Posts: 583
    Also, did you put the ceramic cap on it?  Close the new rEGGulator, or daisy wheel?  What about the bottom vent?  Does it close all the way?

    It is probably the gasket, but those other two places are sources of air, also.

    It has to be getting oxygen from somewhere.
    Clinton, Iowa
  • ThebeastThebeast Posts: 18
    Yup all closed. Ya thats what I think there is an air leak too. Just to find in. I’ll do the money test if it goes out later! s
  • ThebeastThebeast Posts: 18
    I’ve had Weber’s for years. Never had anything like this.
  • OhioEggerOhioEgger Posts: 745
    lousubcap said:
    Put a £ note on the base, shut the dome and pull the note out.
    Somebody hasn't been across the pond for quite a while. Pound notes were replaced by coins a LONG time ago!  ;)

    But a fiver would work as well.
    Cincinnati, Ohio. Large BGE since 2011. Still learning.
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 24,349
    I meant some sort of dollar bill equivalent.  I did get the symbol right for extra credit.  =)  Last time across the pond was 2018 and wrestled with € and £ depending on the British Isles and country.  
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • ThebeastThebeast Posts: 18
    I’ve a 10 dollar note. I’ll give it a go later :)
  • ThebeastThebeast Posts: 18
    So, I popped some chunks in it and shut it down. Smoke comes out the regulator and also the bottom vent, but mostly the top. I don’t see it coming from the egg anywhere! 
  • danhoodanhoo Posts: 167
    On my replacement base, smoke was leaking out the bottom vent. I gently bent the stationary part to snug it up. It was really loose. 
    2011 large BGE | 2000 Genesis Silver B | 2019 PitBoss pro 820 | 2016 Genesis E330 (bought used in 2021)
  • danhoodanhoo Posts: 167
    Thebeast said:
    I’ve a 10 dollar note. I’ll give it a go later :)
    I thought you were supposed to use a twenty on a large 😉
    2011 large BGE | 2000 Genesis Silver B | 2019 PitBoss pro 820 | 2016 Genesis E330 (bought used in 2021)
  • saluki2007saluki2007 Posts: 5,575
    Use your ceramic top for shutting down. 
    Large and Small BGE
    Central, IL

  • PigBeanUsPigBeanUs Posts: 864
    Use your ceramic top for shutting down. 

    I agree.  Not sure they even ship with the ceramic cap any more... Do they?

  • ThebeastThebeast Posts: 18
    Nope not anymore 
  • BarBar Posts: 166
    The rEGGulator does not shut it down as well as the ceramic cap.  Might need to put some gasket material around the top of the chimney.
  • OhioEggerOhioEgger Posts: 745
    FWIW, it's still possible to buy one of the old ceramic caps (I buy a new one every time I drop one) and I do believe it's the best solution. I also wrap a thin gasket around the egg top to make the cap a tighter fit. I've probably saved several dollars worth of lump over time by doing that.  :)
    Cincinnati, Ohio. Large BGE since 2011. Still learning.
  • Langner91Langner91 Posts: 583
    The problem is that if you have a rEGGulator, you can't get that thing off after a cook.  It is hot and doesn't lift off easy.  So, the ceramic cap doesn't really work easily.

    If your rEGGulator is leaking, you might want to take a photo for your dealer.  Maybe they will replace it.  I have them on both of my eggs and have no smoke when they are shut.
    Clinton, Iowa
  • OhioEggerOhioEgger Posts: 745
    Langner91 said:
    The problem is that if you have a rEGGulator, you can't get that thing off after a cook.  It is hot and doesn't lift off easy.  So, the ceramic cap doesn't really work easily.
    Thanks, I didn't know that. I'll just channel Emily Litella with "Never mind!"
    Cincinnati, Ohio. Large BGE since 2011. Still learning.
  • RyanStlRyanStl Posts: 392
    edited September 8
    Langner91 said:
    The problem is that if you have a rEGGulator, you can't get that thing off after a cook.  It is hot and doesn't lift off easy.  So, the ceramic cap doesn't really work easily.

    If your rEGGulator is leaking, you might want to take a photo for your dealer.  Maybe they will replace it.  I have them on both of my eggs and have no smoke when they are shut.
    This is why I like the daisy wheel.  That was a design that didn't need fixing.

    I second, third, etc. using the ceramic cap to put out cook.  Daisy wheel comes off and goes in the egg, then ceramic cap goes on top.  I also use a gasket up top for nice fit.
  • BarBar Posts: 166
    Yep……rEGGulator…….one step forward, two steps back.
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 38,165
    There's something we call the "smoke test" when we're testing ventilation ducting at our labs.  We hit the intake with a smoke bomb and look for visual leaks.  With an egg you can throw some grass, sawdust or sticks into the fire.  Any leaks will be obvious.  You will always have some leaking, that's normal.  Anyway, focus on what's leaking the most.  You need two areas that are leaking to keep the fire lit.  With no leaks it will still extinguish with the top or bottom vents open (not both).
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  • OhioEgger said:

    Thanks, I didn't know that. I'll just channel Emily Litella with "Never mind!"
    We need more violins on TV...
    After living on both coasts, I've made my way back to the mid-west, Illinois to be exact.  
  • EzraBrooksEzraBrooks Posts: 212
    Bar said:
    Yep……rEGGulator…….one step forward, two steps back.
    Agreed.  When I sold my large for a cross-country move, I bought a reggulator just to sell it with the egg so I could keep the daisy wheel and cap for the new egg to be bought upon arrival.
  • BarBar Posts: 166
    Bar said:
    Yep……rEGGulator…….one step forward, two steps back.
    Agreed.  When I sold my large for a cross-country move, I bought a reggulator just to sell it with the egg so I could keep the daisy wheel and cap for the new egg to be bought upon arrival.
    Good move.  I don’t think you can buy a daisy wheel anymore.
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