Originally Posted by Fwismoker
Pack you just might need a remod of your basket. Can you post pics of your set up...you're just not getting enough air to the coals. It has nothing to do with your drum itself but the basket imo.
^^^ I'm leaning the same direction. I can vizualize lots of air entering at lower intake holes,enough of it entering the holes in dome/basket to feed a nice fire but the larger quainty of cool air riseing around outside of dome dilutes barrel heat on the way to meat.
You can't beat an expanded charcoal basket. You had plenty air but most was deflected by the dome and never came in contact with charcoal.