Side view of lower box which has breather holes around it:
Tapayakin' from my iphone
Edited by cmayna - 2/2/14 at 2:57pm
I must admit that I haven't smoked anything less than 225 for quite some time, thus I haven't been using the needle valve. It is currently wide open and I just turn down the gasser's control knob. I really like the smoke stack I installed. Sometimes wish it was taller, so all I do is to slide a round shaped piece of cardboard over the current smoke stack and suddenly it's 2 feet tall. My smokes are pretty uniform but I can't tell too much about the smoke color until I do some cheese. Even then most of the blocks are pretty uniform.
I have it opened just a tad. Hmmmm, sure sounds like a needle valve might help you big time. If you end up choking the flame down a lot, consider building a wind protector around the bottom of your smoker to help prevent a gust from blowing out your flame.
This coming weekend while smoking some Salmon nuggets in one of my big Chief smokers, I'm going to do some more bacon wrapped chicken chunks in my gasser. Dual smoking....gotta love it.