Originally Posted by Espy
I'm doing my season burn and it's not coming up to temp very well.
Started with 4 lbs of lump and 4 chunks of hickory. Put 10 briquettes in the chimney and added to the fire basket when they coated grey. When I poured the briquettes in the fire basket they dispersed quite a bit - looks like my basket is too big because it took a long time to get the lump burning and up to 200*.
I have 3 3/4" nipples with 2 uncapped and the ball valve (full port) wide open and the best I can do is 250* - there's about a 40* diff between the center of the rack and the thermo.
Looks like a long day ahead of me to figure this thing out.
I usually dump about half a chimney worth of lit brigs. I don't know how many that is but it's way more than 10.