Hello everyone! My wife got me this char griller smokin pro and a SFB for Christmas this year and so far I absolutely love it. The only modification I've done so far is extending the stack height down to the grate level. I also went to the local welding shop and had them make me up a expanded metal charcoal basket. So far I've done a whole 20 pound turkey and some spare ribs and both have turned out fantastic.
What I have questions about though is temperature control and fuel usage. I've read about people being able to fill the charcoal basket and using the minion method, get 6-8 hours of burn time out of a basket of lump. How? I was only able to get about 3.5 hours at 235 or so degrees. How can I control my temperature well enough to get that nice long slow burn? Would sealing up the Chargriller a little better help? It does leak smoke out of every nook and cranny, But I can't seem to get the temp high enough in the chamber without burning through fuel really fast.