You have seen both of my beasts. I came to the same conclusion too Obviously. I once did calzones at 425 and above and I felt like I was a stoker in the titanic keeping the temp up. Lots of chopping wood into smaller wrist size sticks to get it up high. and Always stocking the box.
Originally Posted by MilitantSquatter
I never cooked at 225.
With my first pit (a Pitts & Spitts) I usually rode around 235-240 as seemed like it gave me a cushion at the time if temps dropped or spiked a bit.. When I had the WSM's, 245-255 was where I used to lock them in at. Then I moved to the Spicewine and carried the 245-255 over with a Guru but cooked the briskets hotter to the top and rear where I believe it was more like 260-270. Haven't done a brisket in the BGE.
Now, based on my initial experiences with the Klose as primary brisket cooker, I'll likely be in the 275 range and I can also work closer to firebox for more heat if I choose but I don't forsee pushing 300+ regularly.. I like the 275 range as a happy medium.