For me, I fill the basket up as much as possible! And I mean full! The Guru will determine the burn rate for the most part. I am under the impression that using the snake pattern is for when you do not have a Guru; that controls the burn rate.
The WiFi Guru will actually "learn" your smoker and the type fuel you are using and adjust itself so as not to overshoot or let the temp fall to low.
Is temp you are referring to what is shown on the Guru?
Also, my fan damper is wide open, opposite side vent closed, and top exhaust open about the width of my index finger.
When I first start it, I have the exhaust wide open till it gets about 200*. Then, I close it to finger width.
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