Originally Posted by Dr. Endo
all vents are closed... temperature is 313. Is it possible that the coals could get enough oxygen from a mildly leaky lid? I really thought that the temp would have gone down by now. Any thoughts?
That's probably exactly what's going on. Until mine got nice and seasoned & seal up better, I just wrapped wide masking or packing tape around the joint between the lid & drum to seal the air off. Try that. I'll bet the drum will be cold in an hour or less.