Originally Posted by Wneill20
Sorry for so many questions. How much temp swing due you get when adding a new log, Also is split logs OK or due they need to be whole? Yesterday everything was going smooth at 275 then after two hours into the cook with no changes it decides to take off to 290 is this common?
We use both splits and whole rounds.
There isn't much of a spike when we add logs either way though.
It's a timing thing. You sort of just know when the fire needs another log.
We usually have a 2 log fire going.
There's usually one log just about completely gone to coals, one log fully engulfed in flames and one recently added.
If logs are added at the right times, the temp rarely moves at all.
One thing that helped us out was we added a secondary grate with smaller holes to sit on top of the "provided" grates in the firebox. The secondary grate we got has smaller holes and so it holds up the coal bed a little better than it did with the "stock" grates alone.