Originally Posted by jeepaholic
so here are a few questions now.
I put in the coals and wood chunks. Open all the vents how long should I wait before I close things up to drop temp and start my cook?
It is better to catch your temp on the way up and stabilize it than going past your target temp and playing hades trying to get your temp back down. I usually start capping about 190F and by the time I'm around 210F I have one intake wide open and the ball valve 3/4 open. From there it is a matter of fine tuning temp. Mine is usually g.t.g. in roughly 15 minutes.