So I am selling butts here at St. Jude for charity. I went to my local meat market and bought 3 seven pounders and a 4 pounder for myself.
I set everything up as usual and started with the 3 larger ones. After getting the temp up to about 275, I put them on and then I battled the egg for about 5-6 hours to keep the temp up. For the first 4 hours it wanted to stay at 250, no matter what I did. I would bring it up to 275...within 15 minutes it was back to 250. I just let it ride there until I noticed it was falling. It then became a fight to keep it at 225.
"Something is not right", I think to myself. So at about 1030pm I pull everything off to see the firebox is almost empty. I filled her back up, put everything back on and put the 4th on.
I dialed the temp back in and went to bed. I was laying there telling myself to trust the egg but still wondering what the deal was.
How on earth did I burn thru that much lump in 6 hours?? Was it the large load of meat absorbing all the heat? Did it get too hot and simply burn off? The dome temp never went about 275. I am no expert in thermodynamics, but dang!
Anyway, I woke up at 0530 to find everything perfect. Wrapped the butts up, put them in a cooler and went back to bed. All is well, but I gotta figure out how to not burn so much lump!