Cooked on it Sunday and had a heck of a time keeping the temp up and steady. It was easy to get to 300, but dang if it didn't drop quickly and constantly. I'm not sure how much wood I burned through but it was a lot. And a 20lb bag of lump charcoal. That was for about 10 hours of trying to stay close to 300.
I noticed a ton of smoke rolling out one side of the cooking chambers door. So today I used high temp silicone in hopes to stop that. Time will tell.
I'm all going to use briquets next time and line the firebox with unlit ones in hopes that they'll slowly work around and all light. With the occasional split thrown in.
Any other suggestions?