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Can't regular temp.

We have a large big green egg and are having trouble maintaining the temp. at 250 for slow cooking/smoking. Any suggestions?

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Make sure the vent holes in the bottom are not clogged because of smaller pieces of lump. Use fresh, dry lump and do not fill past top of fire ring. This is really important on a low temp burn. Allow time at beginning for temp to come up before adjusting dampers. You want to overshoot your target temp at first because the combination of opening the lid and placing cool meat/food inside will bring temp down initially.

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Get yourself a reliable temperature probe if you don't have one already. The one that comes with the BGE is good but swings up and down alot, don't trust it. I recommend the Maverick RediChek. Get a fire going then install the thermo directly on your grill (as per manufacturer instructions). Be very careful of flareups as it will destroy the thermo wires. When the smoker temp hits around 250 close the draft door halfway. Then close the daisy wheel so that only the 5 oval slots are open. Watch the temp for 10 minutes to see what it's doing. If it is still going up, begin adjusting the draft door only by closing about an inch every 10 minutes until you see the temp going down to where you want it. Then adjust the daisy wheel ever so slightly until you reach the desired temp. It can be a little tricky since every day is different when it comes to humidity, outside temperature, weather conditions...etc. I can keep just about any temp I want with my LBGE once I have it dialed in. Have fun.

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I sometimes get a lot of smoke in my large BGE. It makes the food taste too smoky.

If you're not intending to use the your Egg as a smoker for some foods and are attempting to grill them instead, you should leave the top open.

If in fact, you're using it as a smoker, you need to open the lower damper door a bit more and open the top vent a bit more too. That way, the smokey flavor should not be that over powering. But, keep you eye on the thermometer, as you don't want the temp to exceed 250 degrees F, if you're smoking food.

Hope this helps you and Happy GrillingII Thanks for choosing FixYa.

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Perhaps, if it was made of cast iron, rather than sheet steel, you could get the temp up past 350 degrees. If you really want a true smoker/grill, pay $700 to $800 and buy a Big Green Egg. And you wont have to buy some specialized pellets to burn in it. Just good old fashioned lump charcoal or wood chunks.

I wish I had better news for you, but it is what it is. Thanks for choosing FixYa.

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Temperatures on the Big Green Egg are controlled by opening or partially closing, the dampers on the bottom side of the grill and the top of the grill lid. The more open, the more air gets to the coals and heats the up. Partially closing the dampers lowers the temp.

Keep in mind, the grill thermometer may be faulty. Try setting an oven thermometer (like the kind used in a regular kitchen oven, that sits on the oven rack) on top if the grill grates, when you're preheating the grill with the lid closed.

Hope this helped you to troubleshoot and solve the problem. Happy Grilling!

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When my green egg gets to temp over 600 the lid becomes lose and falls off when you lift it. I've already broke one. Why is this

It sounds like a problem with the hinge springs, rather than the lid. One will usually break before you realize it has. Then the second one goes, before you realize it. And it's usually when you have the Egg heated to a high temperature. You should also check the steel band around the egg, that is part of the hinge system to make sure it has not been overtightened or is to loose.

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.

Hope this helped you troubleshoot and solve the problem. Please let me know. Thanks.

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Is there an instruction booklet that comes with it

Yes, normally there is. Are you looking for an assembly manual or how to use the grill? If it's an assembly manual, the dealer you purchased it from should have one or call Customer Service 800- 793-2292. If it's how to cook on it go to Big Green Egg's website and click on Grilling and Smoking.

Enjoy your Egg and Happy Grilling!!

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