I brought the laptop outside and am typing this while attempting my first smoking endeavor. I am having a major problem bringing the temps up to about 225. I have thrown NINE cube starters in the fire box at various times. Shortly thereafter, the temp would hit 225 but then drop to about 150. This has happened several times thus far.
I think part of the problem is not using enough charcoal initially. Plus, I'm still not sure exactly when to add the wood. The charcoal I'm using is Royal Oak lump coal; maybe Kingsford might be easier. What do you all use as an accelerant?
Any tips and/or advice is greatly appreciated as always!