Originally Posted by stglide
SK... so if yo have three valves, during your cook, after you've got the heat up, etc, are you opening all three slightly, or some variation thereof? Just curious, as I was thinking of doing the same to mine, and playing with air from three sides, rather than just one. Didn't know if that was the thought, or would it make a difference...
I like the idea of 3 valves equally spaced around the base of the drum. Better to have more air and be able to turn it down then not getting enough air.
I'm thinking that with three valves, equally spaced, the charcoal basket will burn evenly and better as opposed to one or two intakes, just a theory. But, this design works for me, and I have no problem getting the drum up to temp or dropping it and holding it to below 200.
I try to keep all valves open or partially closed the same amount to allow an even amount of air to the basket. Of course, there have been times I had to close one or two when trying to reduce the temps for low heat smoking.