Originally Posted by souroull
any input guys? wont have a chance to test a sealed charcoal bowl until next week, but from the looks of it its nice and round and sitting just fine.
is it viable to control temps with the top vent as this seemed to have worked wonders when the bottom vents were shut and temps were high.
No you should only regulate temps with the bottom vents. If you shut down all of the bottom vents and temps either hold or get higher you have a leak somewhere,try sealing the bottom and see if that helps.
Water in the bowl will use up fuel trying to heat it up, the clay pot bottom will hold heat helping to average out rise and falling temps. Some folks will foil there water bowl(no water) and cook that way. Good luck!