Originally Posted by captndan
Don't forget about the fuel you're using. Different brands different heat etc. If you're looking for stability use only one high quality lump or briquets and stay with it. Also the ash buildup effects the heat. Another reason to use lump. It's your call.
Yeah, I bought 8 bags of regular Kingsford briquets just to have a consistent fuel while I learn. I normally grill with lump, but I don't need the extra heat since I'm not searing, and I read lump has more variation in temp while burning. Once I know what I'm doing I'll start playing with different types of charcoal.