Brought home and assembled my new ECB and tried it out today--new to smoking and didn't want to break the bank. My neighbor was so excited about the thing, that he gave me a whole chicken today to try out. The end result was some of the best tasting chicken I have ever eaten. Without reading the mods for this grill, I went to the hardware store and picked up a candy thermometer. I drilled a hole and stuck the thing in the top. I figured that was a good place as heat rises. Well, got it all started and on the factory thermo, I was in the good range. But according to my new thermo, I was running way too hot...350+ degrees. I tried to prop the lid up and that helped minimally. Propped the lid and opened the access door on the side and that helped even more, but then there goes my smoke.
Most of the mods I read refer to things I don't really have issues with. Many complain about not getting hot enough--again, not my issue. How do I better regulate the heat without losing all that smoke? Would drilling a few holes in the top help this? I have committed to doing a brisket tomorrow and was hoping that I would have it all figured out with the chicken I did, but I don't.