R8ter87, I believe you need more exhaust ventilation. Also 30 mins might not really be enough time to let things get going. Like mentioned many times in this giant thread, it is all about controlling air flow. If you can not get enough air in or out you will have problems. Start with 1/2 chimney and let them ash over till you learn your smoker and adjust from there. Try setting you lid so you have an air gap at the edge and see what temps you get. Also the taller air inlets can be affected on windy days messin with the air flow so keep that in mind. I'm sure you'll get plenty of others posting in with help.
Last edited by ebijack; 09-18-2013 at 06:04 AM..