So I'm new here...not new to smoking, but not overly experienced, either.
I have a Char-Griller smoker - this guy here:
Then I recently added the side box as such:
Here's my dilemma.... the heat from the side box isn't transferring to the main chamber!
My first smoke using the side box had a fire hot enough it burned the powder coating off the side box, but my main chamber sat at 150-175 all day.
I'm smoking again today and thought I figured it out - but I'm having the same heat issues again. Holding my hand 6 inches above the side box, I can feel intense heat. Six inches over the main chamber, it's cold. The temp has been fluctuating between 175 and 250 - but I can't keep it steady, and I'm eating up the wood FAST.
I'm using Cowboy brand real wood chunks for my fuel, as I had severe issues with charcoal last time.