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DrEdgeLSU
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big green egg question



Good people of the food board, I have a question about my already purchased BGE.***

I have been cooking on thing pretty steadily since I got it in May. The past few times I have cooked, though, I have had a hard time controlling flames inside the grill. I've done it with just a direct cooking setup, using the plate setter, and plate setter with pizza stone, so I don't think it's setup.

I've been using the same charcoal for a few months now too, so I don't think it's charcoal. Honestly, I can't figure out what I am doing differently, I am getting a lot of flareups inside the grill, creating some uneven cooking and charring.

Any thoughts?

TIA



***This is highlighted because I don't need advice on which grill to buy, or why mine sucks, etc (Burt Reynolds).



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MapGuy
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we were having a similar issue with the one at the camp and it just needed a good cleaning. as in, remove all the old charcoal and get a brush to the thing.

made a big difference.

eta: it was not getting the correct air flow was our issue.



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DrEdgeLSU
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re: big green egg question


quote:

we were having a similar issue with the one at the camp and it just needed a good cleaning. as in, remove all the old charcoal and get a brush to the thing.

made a big difference.

eta: it was not getting the correct air flow was our issue.





Thanks, haven't cleaned it out in a while, so I'll try this before cooking tonight.






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bryso
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Thanks, haven't cleaned it out in a while, so I'll try this before cooking tonight.



best way to clean IMO is open everything wide open and let it burn for an hour.

also.

shopvac for the ash removal is key.







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Gris Gris
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Agree on the cleaning. It will change everything about the air flow.





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gmrkr5
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re: big green egg question


clean it for sure...

i'm making a paella on ours tonight and the last thing i want is flare ups while doing that. i'll be cleaning before getting started.



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GynoSandberg
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Yeah, check your ash buildup





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DrEdgeLSU
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Awesome, all -- thanks for the help. I'll clean it up great before cooking this weekend.





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Uncle JackD
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quote:

best way to clean IMO is open everything wide open and let it burn for an hour.
Be careful when doing this, I cooked my gaskets this way.

Thankfully, BGE gave me a free set of high temp gaskets when I called about it.



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bryso
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quote:

Thankfully, BGE gave me a free set of high temp gaskets when I called about it.



you came out ahead on the deal... i suggest ripping the stock gaskets off and replacing with hi temp b4 you cook on the thing... that way they don't have time to set up.






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Uncle JackD
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I know, I did come out ahead.

Back to the OP, make sure your gaskets aren't cooked, that could possibly be letting air in and causing the flare ups.






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DrEdgeLSU
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re: big green egg question


I'll check this out too -- I did notice some severe wear and tear on the gaskets. Any suggestions on good replacements?





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Uncle JackD
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I know there's a place here in laffy that sells the high temp ones. Like I said, I got mine for free when I called BGE asking them why my original ones fried.





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LSUandAU
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quote:

Uncle JackD




The pretty blond woman in your picture...is her name Mal....? She looks just like a friend's daughter.



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Uncle JackD
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No sir. Samantha Steele





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DrEdgeLSU
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I am in Dallas -- more a question of brand/type. High temp is the way to go?





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Carson123987
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re: big green egg question


clean it





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Uncle JackD
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quote:

I am in Dallas -- more a question of brand/type. High temp is the way to go?
Not sure of which brand but high temp is def the way to go.






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Janky
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Jack D, do you know hte name of the store in laffy that sells the high temp gaskets? Thanks.





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Uncle JackD
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LINK

This guy has em, Im not sure if Busch in RR does or not.






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