Originally Posted by Friscoag
My only REAL complaint is that I can't shut it down without some sort of mod. So it just runs till its out of charcoal, not a big deal but I'd like to be able to shut it down quicker.
Looks to me like they use the cutouts as the vent flap. In order to reuse them, you need to over lap them so that you can drive the screw through them. Making bigger cutouts from steel sheet so that it covers the hole entirely, adds labor and cost, I'm sure. I forced the flap on mine all the way down to see how much gap was left, it was a good 1/2 inch or so. For me, not a big deal. If I'm going to cook on it, I try to load it up as much as possible to make the most of the coal, even in my UDS. There are mods to help with this. Maybe Noah will look at this and somehow improve that part of the design so that it fully shuts off. All in all, this is a pretty small flaw I'd say. It's not that big of an issue for me with this cooker if I can't shut it down all the way to save a few coals. Even in the UDS, after a long butt of brisket cook, I'm not saving much coal after shut down.
At factory setting:
Fully shut down:
One thing I did was I pushed the firebasket all the way up against the inside of the vent. That helped limit intake and helped shut it down a little faster, but honestly, I wasn't looking to save any coal at that point.