After smoking my chicken breasts tonight the temp dropped to slightly less than 200. The vents and chimney were both fully opened. What can I do to raise the temp. back to 225-230?
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When you noticed that the temp was dropping. If I am cooking with charcoal I like to have a chimney full of charcoal ready to light so I don't get caught off guard when the cooking temp starts to drop.
Yes there is a very good reason to add lit coals, you will get back up to proper cooking much faster temp faster.
If you have a dying fire adding unlit coals will take longer to light and get the pit back up to cooking temp in my experience.
Here's a little info. that may help : http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/a/stickburning101
If you want to burn all wood , create a burn barrel or ring to keep a bed of coals going , watch the temp, for drops and add. . .
Have fun and . . .