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Our green egg (5 mos old) normally reaches 600 degrees easily, the last two uses, it doesn't reach 600, stays around 500. Any suggestions on what to do?

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The folks at Big Green Egg take this sort of thing seriously and are devoted to their customers. You should also contact them about this issue.

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