Never had done a whole hog before and have been talking about it for a couple of years now. So a buddy suggested (we were at our favorite watering hole) we do one, so we did. Started out with 20lbs of charcoal, divided into 4 piles (with a big chunk of apple) placed in each corner. Used hickory coals after that to maintain temps. The pit bulild Arnold's spine split to butterfly him out, injected and rubbed. Wired up and ready for the homemade smoker. Arnold was covered with foil, then steel sheets to keep the smoke and heat in 3 1/2 hrs later, the flip Covered back up for another 3 hrs, then uncovered and let the skin crisp for 20 minutes with direct heat Off the pit when the hams and shoulders reached 180-183* and let rest for about 40 minutes Arnold being dismantled for the feast! Was a great day for a pig roast. Just a few of the approx 80 people who came (the firepit was where the hickory was burnt).