A couple of questions if I may. Fired up my brand new (and unmodified) smoker yesterday, quick and easy chicken legs. Somethings I noticed, my electric thermometer (another Master Forge) fluctuated a lot. I tested it in boiling water earlier and it's right on, tested the door thermometer and it was 23° high in water. While temps were coming up the door went up to 300, the digital lagged it by ~50°. Couldn't get temps above 290 with the vents on the bottom closed and the stack vent 1/2. Dropped temp to 250 (dig.) and the door temp stayed at 300. Also, my 'smoke' disappeared by the time I got temps up enough to throw the chicken in. Added more and it was gone in 15 minutes.
So, temps, does the temperature change a lot while smoking? Varying +- 15-20°? How to keep the smoke going for longer than a flash? And what's the technical name for the rope trick around the door, the guys at Lowes don't know and wood stove equipment is off the shelfs, I need to order on line and can't find it.
Note: my flame is almost totally blue, no yellow, assume this is a good thing?