Originally Posted by BobBrisket
EDIT--I can kinda picture your coal basket. Could you post a pic so we could see the expanded metal on it? I'm also thinking that maybe if you put all the coal in one edge of the basket, that maybe that created one large hot spot and an uneven burn. That's a tough thing about using the pipe nips, you can fine tune the air flow. You either have the cap off or on and sometimes the ball valve won't give you the fine tuning you need if the weather is not cooperative.
What was weather like?
The weather was cold (mid 40's) with minor wind. See attached basket pics.