Fordman have another question for your situation. What kind of charcoal are you sing? Briquettes or lump? It makes a big difference between brands and types. Some brands burn too quick and don't put out much heat. Lump in my opinion is best. Just like many things in life, the best charcoal -- lump or briquettes -- is not the most expensive. Heck, I can do a better job with the Wal-Mart brand than I can with Kingsford. Another thing, what type of weather were you having with your bad experience? The metal on a ECB is awful thin, temp and wind can have a bad effect on them. Might want to take a look at trying sand in that water pan and not water. Thats one thing I have been thinking about trying. With my ECB it seems like no matter how careful I am when I lift it up off the burn pan I always end up tipping it just enough to dump water into the burn pan and ruin the charcoal and wood chunks. But keep with it. We have all had bad experiences and moments when we were smoking at one time or another. None of us woke up and made a perfect smoke the first and everytime thereafter. I can tell you some really bad stories.
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9/1/08 at 10:16pm