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Old 09-15-2013, 07:01 PM   #11
sliding_billy
somebody shut me the fark up.

 
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I have a homemade expanded metal ring (14") for smaller cooks, because packing the coal tight is important. Either fill up the small ring or the large one to the top and tight. I hate trying to choke off a fire and save bricks, so I go with the amount I think I will need. I can get 13+ hours out of the big ring and about 10 out of the small ring. I normally use sand in my water pan as I find it makes for easy cleanup and stabilizes temps a little better than just lining my pan. I use 13 (nice lucky number) of lit bricks. Don't be too concerned if it goes past 300 degrees. This time of year in Texas... It will do that with a proper Minion and all the bottom dampers almost closed off.
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