Originally Posted by ---k---
I'm guessing you lit too many brickets to start. Temps are really controlled by how many you light to start. You don't need to light much. Maybe 10 - 15 brickets. I don't even wait for them to fully light. Put those on top of 8 - 10 lbs of charcoal, put your lid on, and then watch your temps. Close down at ~180 and ~200 and the temps shouldn't get away from you. 8 - 10 lbs of charcoal is enough for 12 - 16 hours.
I also wouldn't use mesquite. You'll overwhelm the food with smoke flavor. Too much is sometimes a bad thing.
So starting a whole chimney to pour over the rest of the coals to start was too many hot coals. Plus 15lbs was too much of a load.
I will have to try this again in a couple of days.
Having shoulder surgery on Monday. So now that I have the UDS bug I'm really hurrying up to enjoy some 'Q' from this thing before I'm recovering.