Originally Posted by Norcoredneck
I know this won't be a popular statement but put a valve on a nipple at bottom and forget the one coming up the side. Try that and see if it works better for you. Also leaving the lid off is the worst thing you can do on a drum.
He's right, this is coming from experience!
We've all done the raised intake and almost ALL of us have taken it off!
It is not responsive to small adjustments for all the air the riser holds.
You will find with just the nipple, heat control is much easier, almost non existent once it's cruising.
Lid off WILL cause your drum to catch on fire, be careful with that!
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