Originally Posted by ---k---
I find it slightly odd that you have to keep all three bottom vents open to sustain temps. That is odd. In this case, I don't worry too much about a slightly leaky lid. Usually the leaks are more a problem with keeping temps down. It might have more to do with not lighting enough charcoal at the start.
+1^^^on the leaky lid. Sounds more like a fire basket/air flow problem. Can you post some pics of your setup?
El Cheapo Royal Oak charcoal grill (heavily modified and repaired), Chargriller Pro, Webber 22.5" Silver, Webber Smokey Joe, Hibachi, UDS, ECB Square
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