I started with a chimney of charcoal. Once that was going I added 3 small splits of wood. It came up to 200 and just stayed there. They were small so I added 2 more and closed my intake about halfway. Went right to 230 and stayed there!
I wanted to see how far I could push it. My son and I went fishing for an hour. Came back and it was about 210. Not bad I thought. Threw 2 more on and right back up to temp. Had it going for about 5 hrs total and used 8 SMALL splits of wood. Needless to say I was very impressed. My little one would have used that amount!
And the temps from left to right were less than 5 deg the entire time minus the span when I was playing catch-up. Then it was still only about 7 deg!
The smoke was very very light or nonexistent. Can't see it in the picture but it's running. This is actually when it getting back up to temp
I cannot thank everyone enough who helped me along the way! And thank you so much for the compliments along the way also.
I am MORE than happy how this dry run went. After running my cheap thin metal smoker for so long I was kinda leary when people would say "I just throw a split on every 45 min!" There is no doubt this one is going to be like one of those! It was waaay too easy. You guys here have got this smoker building figured out! Thank you!