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Big green egg does not heat above 600

Big green egg no longer heats above 600; thermometer has been checked and is working fine - can anyone help

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  • stuart_take Jul 23, 2009

    Thanks to both - problem solned by taking the device apart and clearing all of the vents / holes.

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Make sure your vents are not blocked. also if the coals have been wet and are not fully try they will not heat up over 600.

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I'm not sure why you would want your BGE to go above 600 but here goes. Are you using a full load of hardwood lump charcoal (to the top of the fire ring...lump because it burns hotter)? Do you have the draft door and the daisy wheel wide open (may even want to remove the daisy wheel)?

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