Yep, 50° hotter in the center is what both of my drums run. I have tried a couple of indirect set-ups and don't like the hassle, plus I like the flavor without them. (Fatties are an exception, if I do 8 or 10 I will use a drip pan.)
In a drum, it's necessary to not only turn the food..... but I spin the grate a couple of times during the cook as well.
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