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Old 08-21-2010, 09:45 PM   #3
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Join Date: 06-03-10
Location: Shawnee, KS

I found with my SnP that I would need to get the whole basket lit basically to get it nice and hot. What I would do is to light a chimney and get it good and hot. Then dump the chimney on top of the charcoal in the basket. I would still leave the firebox door open until the charcoal in the basket was well let and put off a lot of heat. Then close the firebox lid to allow the heat to flow into the smoke chamber. From there you can monitor your temps and adjust airflow. Personally I found it easier to get it hot and bring it down to cooking temp. I also liked it this way because I could have it a bit hotter when I put the meat on and the temp would drop quickly to my desired target temp.
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