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Old 07-20-2013, 06:12 AM   #25
Pappy Q
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Join Date: 04-08-10
Location: Elk Creek, KY

Originally Posted by TalonBrew View Post
Is there a chance that I don't have enough or I have too much air intake, and that's why when I throttle her back it starts smothering the fire. Or is that just a natural point at which I shouldn't close the damper any more?

I typically have the plate closing about a third of the stack, then vary it about 1/2" or so each way to tweak the temp. That gets me about 10*.
The air intake plate should be about a half inch out and you should never have to adjust it. Sounds like you have too big of a fire. It really doesn't take much fuel to maintain temp.
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