Okay - I can't stop thinking about this, and now I am going to drive you crazy with questions.
1. First off - When you lit it, did you have trouble getting up to temp - or do you dump enough lit coals on the end of it to "bootstrap" the temperature of the pit?
2. Once this thing was stable temp wise, did it stay that way all throughout the burn or did you have to play with it?
3. Since you used briquettes, did you pick up any off flavor seeing that they were getting lit in that enclosed space?
That's all. I promise to leave you alone now - but the weekend approaches and I need data!
1) lit about 20 briquittes & put on end, took an hour to make 200F & peaked about 250F
2) I've used this on 4 different cookers all are stable after an hour or so, don't have to adjust once you fiqure out the correct airflow.
3) I can't tell the difference between lump & briquittes , I'm 58 & my smell/ taste isn't as good as it was??