For those that did not see the other threads, I got a new 22 WSM and the body had a dent. I just got a new body, less than three days later. Go Weber. So I set it up and here is a pic of the new machine! I put 1/2 a ring of charcoal in and dumped half a lit chamber. I am using Royal Oak. It screamed up to 425 with all of the vents open. I waited 15 minutes and closed two vents half way. No change. I waited 15 minutes and closed two vents all the way. Came down to 390. I forgot about the water, so I filled the water pan 1/2 way and closed all the vents. It is now settled at 315 for the last 30 minutes.
I have a maverick thermo, on the edge of the top rack. The dome thermo says 300. No wind, temp outside is about 35 degrees. So, did I build too big of a fire?