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Help! Our xl big green egg won't close and gasket came off. How can we close it without ruining it until it cools down to be taken apart.

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SOURCE: big green egg does not heat above 600

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.

Posted on Jul 23, 2009


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How are you supposed to heat up the green egg

There are you tube videos. I temporarily take daisy vent cap off top of egg, open bottom vent door wide open, light lump coal 2-3 spots with a loof lighter (from ace hardware) and then close lid. I have one section of galvanized dryer vent from Lowes that I stick on top which accelerates preheating of egg. Once the temp gets to 500, I remove the section of vent by grabbing it with a glove or hotpad. Wait a minute or two for smoke to die down. Place daisy back on top and close bottom vent door down to 1/2" and close daisy 1/2 on top and this should drop temp to 175-250. Use fine adjustments 1/6-1/8" until desired temp is reached. Your food can go on at any time after removing dryer vent. Just burp lid by slightly lifting to allow any heat burst to escape. I also have a gas conversion that works awesome. I just add a small smoke ox over burner that provides enough smoke on front end of cooking process. Advice- keep the butts and ribs on for 6 hours.

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Will not get hotter than 250F

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!

Jul 04, 2011 | Big Green Egg Grilling

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Lid is stuck, can't open it.

Have you checked the lift assist hinge springs on the back of the grill. If they are broken or have come loose, it's impossible for one person to lift the lid. Also, if the lid gasket is severely worn, this could cause the lid to stick.

If none of the above is the culprit, contact Big Green Egg by email or phone or call (800) 793-2292.

Hope this helped you to troubleshoot and solve the problem.

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Lid is stuck closed, cannot get it open

Is it really cold where you are in June? If so, light a small fire in the very bottom of the Egg behind the draft door. After a while the Egg will warm up the ice keeping the lid closed will melt.

If it's not really cold where you are...get out a butter knife and slice it open around the rim. Then buy yourself a new gasket here

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Can't regular temp.

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 am out of fire starters, can I use paper, I cannot get my fire

That may be kind of difficult to do but it won't hurt the Egg. I would just put some unlit charcoal in the Egg then get some going in a chimney starter (also using newspaper by the way) and dump it on top of the unlit charcoal. You probably don't want to add lit charcoal directly onto the Egg's ceramic surface since it could crack. At least I wouldn't try it, my Egg cost too much :)

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