Peddler, I go a similar route, with a couple exceptions. If I am shooting for 240-250, I start with 2 intakes uncapped & the valve open all the way. I cap one at 200 & the second at 225. If its still climbing steady at 235, I will close the valve 1/2. My drum likes to run about 260-265 with just the ball valve open all the way, so I may bump it open a little if stalls at 235 or drops. I'm happy as long as I stay with 10* (plus or minus) of my target temp.
Jim Sewell -- GBA Vice President, Master Judge, Contest Rep & GBA Webmaster