Originally Posted by Pitmaster T
um. i hate to talk cryptically, but with a reasonable fire, without mods, have you noticed what temp it purrs at?
To be honest, it's been awhile since I added the firebox and tried it. I do remember that even with a good fire going, the food chamber would not heat up above about 180. My MIL/FIL got this for me about 15-20 years ago, but I have been getting interested again in actually trying to get it working right since I ran across this forum. I did check with both of my brothers-in-law since they got the same thing and both of their's has the door to the fire box on the other side with the intake at the bottom and neither of them has any trouble getting up to temp and working.
Sorry to be such a newbie , but I have to admit it's even fun just tinkering with it to try andd get it to work right.