airflow. i have three airholes and one has a valve to help fine tune. the others are either open or shut.
this thing is awesome. if anyone wants a smoker this is highly recomended. i been smoking along time and this thing rocks as far as temps and ease of use. yes electric is easy but doesn't have the right flavour jmho
Ran the smoker from 11am yesterday till about 8pm. I loaded 13lbs of charcoal and had maybe 5lbs left over after I shut it down. I didn't have to do anything other then give it a kick now and then to allow the ash to fall. I did move the valva alittle but mostly just left it alone. The thing had no problem maintaining temp, I ran at 300 degrees for about 4 hours then let it ride about 230 the rest. This thing rocks
First, it looks like you built yourself a very fine looking smoker. Great job!
A couple weeks ago I built one in a garbage can with a hot plate (charcoal is better) but I think I might get one of these drums. I have enough room but more would be even better. I like having the little door on the side for adding wood so you don't have to let all the heat escape through the lid.
Either way I think building your own smoker is the way to go. You can't beat the price and you can't beat the feeling of smoking something you shot in something you made.
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