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Unread 01-20-2013, 11:28 AM   #7
Smokin' D
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If you are putting in a half bag of lit charcoal, that is WAY too much. 8 to 10 lit briquettes on top of your fuel in the charcoal basket will be perfect. Leave all vents open until the temp hits 200 and the start closing them down. It is much easier to bring the temp up than it is too cool it down. Sometimes I will just use a plumbers torch on the charcoal in the basket, 90 seconds works well, and then just follow the above procedure.
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