while your here let me ask a Q from a uds pro.
when you light the firebox do you do it in or out of the drum. how long do you let it burn before putting in or adding meats?
thats one thing i havents seen yet.
its holding good at 250 now. ya it flares up went it open lol. added a hunk of meat a while ago. came down quick though.
thanks and appreciate the help. nothing more satisfying than cooking on a hand built smoker. cant wait to dig in.
heres it in action. the therm is in the lid. and the intakes are 4 sets of 3/4" holes covered with flat steel held firm with a bolt and spring. my lid dont fit real tight. i plan on some fire rpoe around it soon. that will help seal it. and everything i ran through it is tightly bolted. so it shouldnt leak. sealed the axles with epoxy.
i didnt let the coals go to grey before i put it in. might have been my problem. shes been at 250 for a long while and after i opn it it flares but goes right back down as lid is added.