Originally Posted by Teamfour
Why not put the basket in the firebox?
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Because I want the cooking chamber to maintain 325-350 degrees. When it's in the firebox I have to have a raging fire to keep the temp above 300. And even if I do get it up there it's much less consistent. This way I can have an even temp and a clean burning fire. The plate in the middle helps even out the heat so I don't have to rotate the turkey every 20 minutes.