In my uds, I prefer to use lump charcoal as it lights faster and burns hotter. This allows me to close down 2 of my 3 one inch intakes, and leave the 2 inch stack wide open. My uds usually cruises at about 250 with the ball valve open about 3/4 open.
SNPP w/ mods, Patio Master(30 years old), Kettle Grill, Copper Penny UDS, and Maverick 73 thermo.
Youth and enthusiasm are easily overcome by old age and treachery.