Originally Posted by flyingbassman5
My take is this...don't light it as directed. You are letting the fire set up WAYY too hot to start off. Fill the basket, take 10 briquettes out and light in a chimney. When they are lit and stop putting off smoke (just heat) dump them back into the center of the basket. Place the basket back into the drum and let it settle in and start rolling sweet blue. Once that happens, put the meat on and let it go.
I get MUCH better cooking temps when I do this sort of minion type burn. Just my $.02
That is one of the options I was considering, the other option was to readjust the intake valve. But I initially wanted a second try with everything factory set........the PBC is pretty much advertised as set it and forget it to at least some extent. I had similar issues with the first cook, so I'll see what Noah or the PBC folks have to say about the temp issues.
Weber Performer with rotisserie ring, 22.5OTS, Maverick 732, Weber Smokey Joe,PBC Smokenator/Hoovergrill, variety of microbrews, Gin and tonic, variety of lighters.