I keep going over everything I may have done wrong with my pulled pork cook over the weekend.
Has anyone taken the time to take pictures of each level of lump as described in the Elder recipe?
I did pour 2 bags of lump onto a tarp (brand new RO, and then half a bag I got when I purchased the egg). I picked through and stacked the pieces according to the directions I thought. My fire burnt from the center to the right as I previously described. I am trying to convince myself logically why it burned this way.
1) Perhaps I was careless when stacking, but I don't think I had over a 1/2" gap between pieces. So maybe the fire spread in the easiest direction.
2) Maybe it was a combination of airflow and under lighting - I lit 1 spot instead of many and maybe the air from the bottom vent directed it to the right. I can see how this could be because of the line from vent, to firebox opening, to coals... maybe.
3) Will a DigiQII really make up the difference? If I had done everything the same would the device have prevented my fire from going out, or would it have burnt the same way and have the temperature more level?