Hook'em, did you say the exhaust chimney is closed? If so, open that bad boy all the way open and never touch it until you're done. The exhaust is not allowing a draft over the fire and will never get very hot. Do all the adjustments at the firebox intake. Keep us posted bro.
my avatar swiped fatties from the plate....look how sorry he is.
NB Bandera with mods
Weber 22 .5" x 2, 26.75" x 1
UDS x 3
Created "The Great Spam Revelation of 2011."