Originally Posted by Norcoredneck
I usually only get 5-6 coals going, 2 vents open when temp climbs i cap one and use valve to throttle. Most cooks with large load I have 1 cap off and maybe 1/4 valve open. Air leaks are bad, removing the lid to look is worse. Close it up, open a beer and adjust only 1/2 hour. After temp settles in leave alone. Temp might drop after 4-6 hours. if it does shake/kick drum to knock ash loose and wait before adjustments.
Thanks for ther advice Norcoredneck, Im going to smoke some "highway" chicken this afternoon, I will fit a valve like the one you have on yours today and see how that goes.
PS, the temp did drop after 6 hours to 180F.
My guess is that your magnets are leaking. You should be able to shut everything down and have the fire go out.
Try closing off one thing at a time until you can make your fire go out.
Stuff the lower intake holes full of aluminum foil instead of the magnets.
My lid does not seal on the rim, and I can kill the fire in mine easy.
If you think it's the lid, roll up some foil and put it around the edge of the lid and jam the lid on.
Find your air leaks and you will be in control again.
Thankyou for this advice Jerry, Im going to do some testing today and will find out whats leaking.
I did manage to do my first cook, not much just some MOINK balls.