Sorry guys, but the forum upload locks up when I try to post pics....so they are a above as attachments - worked fine from my phone though - strange.
So, my WHOLE problem was the 2 top vents I believe. I was checking this forums replies as I was "in the smoke" and that's when (themule69) posted his suggestion about the top vents. I went outside and did this, my temp dropped almost instantly from the 270's down to 234-8 and held there. Night and day difference. Now the only issue left is fuel management. I used regular Kingsford "blue and white" bag charcoal briquettes and had a total of maybe 10-15 in the coal pan at any given time. I had to throw in 5 or so about every 30-40 minutes to keep it stable. In the end I went through close to a whole bag of coal over 11.5 hrs. Any ideas on other fuels or methods? or am I close enough? I want to say thanks to "themule69" for his post earlier about the vents - If you were in Minneapolis I would buy you a beer. I have been hating this smoker up until now - I can deal with it.
So, the meat : 7.6 lb. Boston Butt bought at Gordy's in Chetek, WI for .98/lb - yes I bout a few for that price! I used "Mike's Memphis Dust" for the rub. Rubbed a whole day ahead of time and wrapped in plastic wrap - put in fridge for 24 hrs. Lit smoker at 5:30a and put but in @ 6:00a. The rest of the day involved baseball, beer, checking coals, etc. Butt came out of smoker at 4:30p when internal temp was @ 180 and went onto plate, tightly wrapped with foil for 30 min ( told to do this by a buddy ). Pulled apart fine, tasted incredible, family and neighbors want another one sooner than later. I served it on buns with jalapeno- cilantro sweet coleslaw on the side, sweet tea or beer, and 73 in the shade. Perfect end to a day.
Thanks to everyone hear. I appreciate the collective knowledge base and try to implement what I learn. I am not totally new to smoking, but by no way refined. I pay attention to the details. Thanks again for everything.
P.S. Sorry again about the pics. None of the plated food w/ coleslaw were taken. I'm learnin' . JD