Originally Posted by ATXBBQ
Does it really make that much of a difference lifting and lowering the tongue. If so would lifting the end away from the firebox make that end hotter and the firebox end cooler? Just curious what your experience has been.
A big difference, normally I run my pit level during most of my cooking, if I lift the tongue a couple of inches I can add 25+ degrees to the far end(front) of the pit. I always carry a 2' foot level with me, and start the pit perfectly level, after about a hour I adjust the tongue height to dial it in the way I want. During comps when it is time for chicken I crank the front up so it runs hotter than the back where I have my ribs. I also check the level from side to side, sometimes parking lots are tilted so one side cooks hotter, I carry a car jack and a few small chunks of lumber to put under the tire to adjust that.