Originally Posted by Pyle's BBQ
Do you think the boiler door could have worked as the vents? I was wondering if there would be enough control with the holes being so large.
I seriously considered drilling holes behind the boiler door slots into the steel door to make it functional. But, the boiler door slide doesn't fit real tight to the backside of the boiler door. In short, no, too much of a chance for air to pass through the vents, even when closed. Plus, I would have had to silicone the perimeter of the boiler door where it meets the steel door.
If you look closely at picture #3 above, I have the firebox door opened a bit. I do that when I first start the the cook to get the drum temp up quicker, to aid the side valves. Then I shut it for the rest of the cook.