BUILDING A PROPER FIRE FOR GOOD CONTROL
How you build the fire in your pit is critical for good control, especially at low cooking temperatures. Stack the charcoal inside your pit so it’s shaped like a pyramid, small at the top and large at the bottom. Light the fire by lighting a few coals at the top. Do not over-fire the charcoal or light it at the bottom, because this will only cause your pit to over-fire during startup. Some overshoot is normal; try setting your cook temp 15-20 degrees low when starting and raising it after your meat is on and the temperature has stabilized.
ELIMINATING LARGE FLUCTUATIONS IN THE PIT TEMPERATURE
Normally the DigiQ will be able to adjust the airflow via the blower to deliver precise control and no damper adjustment will be required. If the pit has become over-fired or if the fire was built too big, large temperature swings (+/- 10 degrees or more) may occur. To eliminate this, restrict the airflow by adjusting the blower damper. Try closing the damper to half the current setting and the pit should stabilize within 10-15 minutes after adjustment.
EXTINGUISHING THE PIT
If there is fuel left over from the cook, save this fuel by closing off any open dampers, removing the blower, and plugging the fan adapter opening with a kill plug. This will put the fire out in approximately 30-45 minutes.