damn... i gotta work on my fire management. but my fires look nothing like these. my firebox looks EXACTLY like the pic up top. (pits by jj, but they are almost identical to the klose pits)
my fires i need at least 2 splits in the firebox at all times otherwise i feel that the fire starts to go out, or is not hot enough. (this is with the vents completely open) but at the same time i feel creates more of a hot spot bc the bigger flames in the firebox that are sometimes up to the top of the firebox.
how do you keep such a small fire burning? and burning clean? how long can you leave it like this before it goes out and gives off milky smoke? i usually will go 45 minutes without checking mine.
maybe mine is also dropping the coals too early down into the tray? here is what my firebox/bottom grate looks like...