I got about 1 hr. per pound of competition briquettes out of her. I felt that I should have had less trouble getting hotter than 225 with the 20 lbs of pork in the drum. It was 270 before I put the meat in. After, it stayed down around 200 for quite a while. It was very stable though.
The last time I used the Kingsford comp. briquettes it seemed like they didn't run as hot or as long as Royal Oak. I am going to try lump and see if that is hotter and/or lasts longer.
What kind of fuel consumption are you guys getting?
UDS, 30 Year Old Kettle, I need to build something bigger. KCBS CBJ