I was curious how yous go about regulating your heat. I guess I will describe my issues and then post some questions, but any answers, suggestions, comments, etc. are welcomed.
I am still new to smoking, but have done a few smokes by this time. I always use the Minion method, but I have noticed it takes a while for my grill to heat up and I am left having to dump a lot more charcoal in the SFB. After the box is heated up and I get the temp. in a range I want, I usually add four unlit briquettes into the SFB. However, I am not sure this is enough because the temp. will steadily decrease until I am fighting low temps. after smoking for a little while.
What is the best way to increase or decrease temp. while smoking?
When adding briquettes, does that just maintain heat? (I am assuming as they light up, the others die off and the heat stays the same.)
How long do you wait until checking the temp. after adding coals or adjusting your vents?
How many briquettes do you think I should add and how often?
Thanks, guys. I know I threw a lot out there. I enjoy smoking, but constantly fighting temp. is very frustrating. I think it is a combination of my cheap grill and inexperience, so I thought I would get pointers from yous! Thanks in advance!