Well, I must say with the warmer weather I am back in the saddle. Also helping is that the site finally seemed to work out the bugs and I was able to reset my password and get going. So.... Saturday we had some friends coming over for PP and ribs after the annual alumni soccer game. Planned to eat at 5-6pm. I filled up the charcoal basket (briquettes) and put half a chimney of well-lit lump in the middle. I also had various pieces of hickory throughout to maintain smoke. I started the cook at 730am. Windy as hell, but warmed up to almost 75, really nice day. Everything went fine. Drum right at 250 all day. Got the butts foiled around 130pm and had at least an hour and a half to let them rest. Dinner was served on time with rave reviews. Now here's the thing. I have lid with two bungs that have removable plastic inserts. I leave the large bung open for exhaust, and place a therm covering up the small hole to gauge the temp. Normally when I'm done, I put whatever caps are off back on the intake valves, close the ball valve completely, and replace the plastic inserts back into the bungs on the lid. The flames suffocate and everything fizzles out. I will admit I was slightly leaning towards a moderate stage of inebriation and did not fully cover close up everything like normal. I mean it was supposed to be nice Sunday too, so what's the hurry to clean EVERYTHING up tonight, right? At 4:45pm on Sunday I went to roll the barrel in the house. WTF! OUCH! I notice the temp is reading 175deg still! Wow. I left the exhuast bung open and the coals kept burning. I haven't done the exact math, but barrels are the shizzle.