I’ve owned a large Big Green Egg for six months and I am unable to get the temperature over 450°F. How do I get it to the 700°F recommended for steaks? Is it my vent positions or not enough charcoal? Thanks,
You’re probably not putting enough charcoal in the Egg. The Egg is very miserly with fuel, but you have to fill it up at least to the top of the holes and preferably to the seam between the firebox and the ring for the best results. Load it up, light the coals in a few places, when the fire is established close the lid and control the temp by how much air you let in through the vents. Open them up and it will get hot, close them down and it will cool off. When you’re done cooking, just close the vents all the way and the fire will go out. Next time most of that charcoal will still be there waiting for you to use it again. Add a little more, stir it up and light it again.