I started my first butt ever last night, late. I was following Elder Wards "how to" recipe. It was nicely done. I had a little trouble regulating the temp upon start up. It would get too high then when i finally got it low enough the coals would go out. At about 1 am, i was ready to give up. Once i got the coals started again i thought i had it locked on 200 but i came out 20 minutes later and the meat was cooking at 420. At that point i shut the vents Almost completely and went to bed. I woke up at 6am to check and see if the fire had went out and I was surprised to see that it had dropped to 200 and is holding steady. It is now almost 11am. That is good news. I have not opened the lid. Anybody out there have ANY ideas or tips for me? I sure hope so. I LOVE MY EGG! You guys are great and very helpful, Thanks.