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question about charcoal+ temp control

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by tilly42681, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. tilly42681

    tilly42681 Newbie

    Quick question, Today  I filled my charcoal basket up with charcoal and wood, then added lit charcoal to it.  Had my top vents open, and the bottoms open to get it going. It got up to about 300F so I closed the intake vents to try to lower temp.  That didn't work.  My temps were over 300F almost 400F.  I have read that this method works great for temp control and steady burn time, but all the charcoal was burning at the same time, not gradually.  Any insight.  thanks