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Hi all, new to egging but I have been lurking for a few months. I got a LBGE from the wife for Christmas and have been tinkering for the last few months. All in all enjoying the egg and the quality of food it produces. I have had no issues with the high temp direct cooks but have struggled a bit on the long low and slow cooks. My biggest issue is temperature stability on overnight pork butts. Early on it seemed I was not building a large enough fire and would lose temp, now I feel I have a strong fire going but still lose temp overnight. For instance last night I put on a pork butt after 2 hours cooking and holding steady at 260 I turned in. Checked it a 6am and I had dropped to 185. Pull the butt and the plate setter and the burn pattern was very uneven. I was using BGE charcoal and some hickory chunks.
I have followed all the advice here on charcoal arrangement and lighting(I use a chimney). I am looking for some insight from the more experienced. I would like to get better feel for this before buying a temp controller. Is this the norm without one? Happy to provide more details if it will help. I have attached a few cook pics for fun, ABTs and a butt.
LBGE Atlanta, GA