admins please move to the appropriate section. ok I'm totally convinced I'm doing things WRONG and severely wrong!!
I load my coal basket with either 100% lump coal or 100% hard wood briquettes either way 2.5 bags every load ; ok here is what i'm
doing; 1st fire up (seasoning ) 2.5 bags in the basket 1 full chimney full of fully lit coals not so worried about long term heat @ this point but 380* for 3.5 hrs intake and stack 100% open
ok second fire up 2.5 bags of Stubb's brand briquettes ( previous fire up also ) 1 full chimney of fully lit coals spread over the top of the pile let come up to 250* set intake grates 1/8th open stack 100% open held temp for 3.5 hrs temp fell rapidly after this both times (see above )
peek into the fire box about 45 min to an hour into the burn and all the coals are steadily glowing orange but both times holding temps as stated
third fire up only change R.O. 100% lump same amount 2.5 bags 1 full chimney same results let it come up to this time 225* intake grates fully shut stack wide open held 225 for 3.5 almost 4 hrs severe temp drop after. peeked in the fire box 45 min after light up all coals glowing orange; totally convinced I'm doing things wrong plus after 3.5 - 4 hrs almost all the coals are almost all burt up and gone
my old brinkmann upright will go 8+ hrs on a full coal pan with me only adding chunks as needed.
I'm convinced I'm doing something terribly wrong!!! though I realize I may have built a pit that may be a fuel hog. I trully understand how
the minion method is supposed to work and I'm totally convinced I'm doing things terribly wrong especially after almost an hour in all the coals are burning. needing help
yes I subscribe to jeffs newsletters is there a DETAILED video of this from start to finish ( fire construction. lighting , ect. ect. ) like i said I'm convinced I'm doing things wrong.
thanks in advance for all your help