A new use for my blower

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Towards the end of a smoking-BBQ-ribs session, the fire temp got a bit low.  In the past, what I've done to maintain the correct temperature (if it has dropped below the required range) is to run a 10" fan, hooked up to one of my long extension cords, running near the firebox air inlet.  Today, when I went out to the garage to grab the fan and cord I thought,"I REALLY don't want to drag that long cord outside and set up the fan on a box".  So I grabbed the EGO blower, set it on "LOW" ,  held it about 5 feet from the firebox inlet and voila, the fire in the meat chamber rose up 60 degrees in less than 3 minutes.   Gotta love the portability of cordless equipment! 
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Wow, I thought I was the only one crazy—I mean brilliant—enough to try that!

Last time I used my vertical smoker I left it too long and came back to find my BBQ and grate probes both reading about 175 degrees. My father-in-law just told me about his new BBQ guru with wifi-connected fan to draw in more oxygen when the temp starts to fall.

So I did almost the exact same thing, except I first tried the blower on low from about 10' away. It didn't help much at that distance, but worked much better from about 5' away.
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I had to boost the temperature a lot so I ended up holding the blower around 3 to 4 feet away most of the time
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Dryer hose clean out. I have 4" and the blower worked awesome. I unhooked off the dryer (flex pipe) and blew it out. I should have taken a picture because it went from a lint filled mess, to first a snow blizzard outside the house-I could see through my basement window-to pretty damn clean. I used painters tape to connect the Ego to the dryer flex.
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That's awesome!  I wonder what your neighbors thought?  :-)
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That's great as long as there isn't any obstruction at the end and there are no weak joints in between.

I've done something similar before and ended up having to repair a bend in the duct in the attic... and of course that's also where most of the "snow" fell.
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Good point David... I guess I should double check the joints in my ductwork before doing that. My dryer is in the basement!
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Just start slow and then ramp it up. If you can see everything, you can quickly stop. As for the joints, yes, be careful. However, if I blew out a joint it would tell me that I would be replacing it soon anyway. I have a 8ft flex hose out, also in the basement. I do have to say that turbo button is fun!!! Yeah, that's not good neighbor karma, my bad.
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Funny you guys mentioned using the blower on your dryers.  Just yesterday as I walked past our dryer I was mulling over how to blow through the rectangular lint trap opening without making a mess.  Perhaps I could stuff some rags around the blower nozzle...
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I still can't get over using a blower that is professional strength indoors. It really is very cool, I never thought I'd see a battery blower this strong. 
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I use it to quickly blow out all sorts of small debris from my shed and shop.  I hate having either one be dirty.
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Yeah, that reminds me of using a chainsaw indoors. When I get that chainsaw, I'm going to have all kinds of indoor uses for it, considering that I won't die of carbon monoxide poisoning.
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You could fix the newel post.   ( I hope you all know what movie that is from)
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Who is good enough with Photoshop to upgrade this chainsaw?