Originally Posted by ajstrider
The leak around the lid should actually help you get hotter more than likely, it will increase the exhaust a smidgen. How many and how big are your exhaust ports? Exhaust ports should always be completely open while cooking, unless you have a ridiculous amount of them.
Just to chime in on this - I have also been wondering about exhausts and how they impact the temperatures.
I have 3 x 3/4" exhausts and the big 2" exhaust. To date, I have been keeping the 3 x 3/4" closed and just using the 2", but I am wondering if this is actually the wrong thing to do.
I will experiment, but just wondering what other folks do with the flat lids that have the 2" hole.