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Unread 10-27-2013, 01:19 PM   #1
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bought a used large green egg last week, started it up just fine today temps went to 600 just like I wanted to make some pizzas, pizzas turned out great. then I decided to try to play with controlling the temps, the egg will not come down off 550 even with both dampers closed...what I am I doing wrong
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Eggs have a lot of thermal mass so they take a longer time to drop in temperature. That being said, you may have a leaky or even a bad gasket. You can do the dollar test to find out.

Also, my cast iron damper takes a lot longer than the ceramic cap to snuff out the fire.
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I don't think you will have much luck bringing the temperature down on a ceramic cooker once it has gotten that hot. You will probably end up snuffing the fire almost out. Always come from below! Your fire is too big and too hot already.
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I had to open my egg after I had the same problem. The larger airflow around both inner and outer surfaces helps to reduce the built up thermal mass. It takes a while but it does help.
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If you need to cook at different temps in one session it's much easier to start at the lower temp and then increase it. Once you get all of that ceramic hot and a larger fire going it takes a long time for the temp to come down.
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thanks guess I learned my lesson, what is the best way to start it about 250
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thanks guess I learned my lesson, what is the best way to start it about 250
On my large I keep the daisy wheel flap wide open and open the bottom damper about the thickness of a nickel. I start the fire with those settings and let it settle in for about an hour before I put any meat on.
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If you need to cook at different temps in one session it's much easier to start at the lower temp and then increase it. Once you get all of that ceramic hot and a larger fire going it takes a long time for the temp to come down.
Or get two eggs and use one for each temp!<feeding the addiction mod>
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again thanks for all the help
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