hi all, i have been lurking in the background watching the forum for a while. i recently inherited a NB black diamond, and have been trying it out. I have never used a smoker before, so am working out some kinks.
at this point, the biggest problem that i am having is getting enough heat. i can get it to 225 - 275 which is good for long smokes with pork or beef, but i can not get it over 300, which i want for chicken. i have been finishing the chicken on a gas grill to crisp the skin.
i am using about 5 to 8 lbs of royal oak, starting a chimney full, putting it on top of the pile, opening the side vent and trying to draft the pile to life. it lights but the heat just wont come up.
i think that if i had just seen it done once by someone that knew what they were doing, i would be set.
can anyone help