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Old 02-26-2010, 05:26 PM   #2
Smokin' D
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Join Date: 12-11-07
Location: N. Andover, MA
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Your drum sounds exactly like my first one. Chased temps on mine too. Changed the 3/4" ball valve for a 1" on the second drum and that one works much better. As to your problem. Briquettes produce huge volumes of ash. Kinda like eating lobster, when you've finished there appears to be more stuff on the plate than when you started! My suggestion is to switch from briquettes to lump charcoal. Far less ash production and a better smell and taste to boot! IMHO.
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