Originally Posted by Norcoredneck
I load mine up with 10 lbs or so, use weed burner to light it like pic. Close lid. I have 1 cap off and 1/2 valve. When it hits 220 I put cap on and open valve. I throttle back if needed. I cook at 200-210 on gauge which is about 230 center grate.
Thanks for your helpful advice Nocoredneck, I lit my fire the way you suggested and had no problems. I cooked 2 x highway chickens last night and temp was steady at 220F with 2 vents closed and the third one open 1/4, later I opened up the vent to 1/2 and the temp climbed to 245F and stayed there.
Might make a BBQ cook out of me yet