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Getting to 400 degrees + with ceramic heat plates

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I have a kamado joe 3 and with the bottom vent fully open and the slider on the top vent moved all the way to right itll settle at 375-400. If i need to go higher, The top vent can be pushed to the side making it fully open and it climbs until I put the vent back in place. Check if your brand has that ability. Im pretty sure every manufacturer does

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I recently mentioned in another threat that if you have the heat deflector in the low position it can be difficult to reach higher temps but 400 deg or even 450 should not be difficult.  With a 3/4 full firebox, light the fire before installing the heat deflector and grill and leave the lid open.  Get the fire going strong and then install the configuration you want.  You will easily get to 400+ with this technique.  

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27 minutes ago, Family_cook said:

I recently mentioned in another threat that if you have the heat deflector in the low position it can be difficult to reach higher temps but 400 deg or even 450 should not be difficult.  With a 3/4 full firebox, light the fire before installing the heat deflector and grill and leave the lid open.  Get the fire going strong and then install the configuration you want.  You will easily get to 400+ with this technique.  

That’s great - I have a feeling the lower position of the ceramic plates is prohibiting full development of the heat so I may try this method. Thank you!

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