Smoke went really well (@ least the meat and it's flavor which is the most important, right?)
Rocked the chimney and got it started and butt went on about 11:30pm on Friday night.
We got is staying @ 230-240, but by the time I went to bed about 12:30...it was down to 200 and staying there...I was fine with that, so I just let it go. My original plan was to set an alarm about 3 or 4am and check it, however I thought...let's just see what it does overnight (temp was down to about 45 overnight)...
Got up @ 6:45am and it was all the way down to 120.
I think pulled the bottom off to get to the coals...a bit red, but that ash that it just sits in I think caused it to smolder and go out (I think???)
So I tried to just re-start the coals again and better without the chimney...threw down some starter cubes in another pile of new lump coal and went back to bed...however, only for a few mins as I was worried it would take.
I was right...it did not.
So I had to throw on all clothes again and just start over with a new chimney...only took about 20 mins to get going.
Worked perfect as soon as I put the coals from the chimney in...it started blazing quickly...so much that it got hotter than it ever did the night before...maybe now because it was a bit warmer and sun coming up (got up to 72-73 here in Charlotte on Sat)...but it went to 250 within 10 mins....then got to 275 in about another 10-15...eventually leveling off @ 300. So I obviously have some issues with the temperatures.
I then cooked it till about 9:15am and checked the center in all angles with a thermometer and it was perfect...my buddy said it needed to be 180-190 in the center and then pull it off to set.
After setting the flavor was amazing! It's already gone too...an 8lb butt! Went to neighbors...gave some to other neighbors...ate on pork for about 2.5 days and now GONE!
I think it gave more of a smoky flavor as I put those new coals on in the morning...it was putting out some serious smoke and smells once I got it fired back up...
But I'm thinking I shouldn't have to go through all that...