So I'm going to give it a go. Trying to get the fire going now. Temp is a little high so I'm letting the charcoal burn down a little hoping it gets to 250. In the meantime, I've been letting my 9 lb butt rest with the rub on it. Wish me luck!!
I would add wood as the temp gets close to the lower end of your cooking range. When you add a couple of pre-heated splits, your temp will climb to the top of your cooking range for a short while, then settle back within range.
You should have to add splits probably every 45 minutes to an hour. Be sure to keep a good bed of coals.
right around 4 hours in, IT is 130....temp has gone between 300 and 220, but averaging anout 260. Trying so hard to keep a bed of coals hot enough to light the splits right away is the hardest part so far.
You are working in a very small space, therefore it is going to be hard to burn splits and keep temps down.
I would recommend using pre-lit charcoal to add to the fire. Just get a few ashed over with sharp orange ffflames, open it up and add. Toss in your smallest piece of chunk/split and keep the damper just cracked.
Well, we're going on hour 13. There was a small (I hope) hiccup along the way. I fell asleep and missed my two temp check alarms. At 1:30, the IT was hanging around 145-150 (pretty sure this was the stall, as it had held here for a couple hours). I had put a couple splits on, so i know the CC was running a bit hot when I fell asleep (probably around 300ish). Woke up at 5:00 am and the CC was below 100*, and IT was 160. So I wrapped the butt, rebuilt the fire, and have no idea what to do now. I'm planning on getting it to 180ish then toweling it and sticking it in the cooler.