OK whew! Thought you guys might throw rocks at me lol
I'm not sure... I had a full pan of white coals, temps were around 290 the first 30 minutes, then slowly dropped down to 225. It held that for a couple hours, then got down to just over 200 when I noticed. So I stirred and added, back up to 275.. 250... 225 and held again for a couple hours, same thing ect. I couldn't get it to hold at anything above 225. It was like a magic spell forcing it to 225. But I still figured they'd be done eventually. I see you guy's pork and it's all done with bark, Im jealous! So far I've made 3 pork roasts, these ribs, a beef roast, chicken legs and salmon. The legs and salmon were the only ones I didn't have to finish cooking with another method.
When I'd take the smoker off and stir and shake the ashes down, the heat from the pan of coals was killer hot. Hot enough that just the heat from it would burn my hand and face. Seemed like my temps should have been like 500 or something. But nope!
I ended up using 3/4's of an 18lb bag of coals !