Originally Posted by newbie_smoker
also, the last time i didn't evenly spread out my starter coals and just put them in the middle I had a large ring of unlit coals around the outside at the end of the cook as they never lit. that was the only time I've not spread them out and incidentally the only time I've had problems with keeping the temp up.
I don't have that problem but I run mine with all three vent open evenly.
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