Originally Posted by james1nc
I have a OK Joe and I would say you have ash build up in the firebox. try raising your FB grate I raised mine about6'' an my temps went up fast and I can control mine a lot easier.
I took two of the coal grates and made a V in the fire box and took the third to prop against the outside wall to serve as a side. this elevated the coals better than I had previously, but I agree it could be better. I'm going to get a coal basket made up and see if that helps.
thanks everyone for the advice and suggestions. despite the temp troubles, my ribs were good. the chuck roast was ok, but I didn't pull it from the cooler until about 11 tonight. It had good flavor but wasn't pulled beef capable. we'll be eating it as steak I guess.
the rump roast however... holy moly that thing was tender, smelled great, and you could cut it with a spoon. I can't wait to eat it. anyway its late and Ill post Qview tomorrow.