Recently picked up the full size Akorn Kamado from Lowe’s. I have used it a handful of times just for grilling, but am off work today so figured a would try to low and slow a pork steak for fun. Every time I have used it I have had trouble keeping temp down around 225-250. I am starting to think I am lighting too much charcoal. Right now I am just filling the bottom pan full of lump including left overs from previous cook, creating a hole in the top middle of the pile, and lighting a Weber cube. Today I did this, waited a minute or so, then put the Chargriller deflector in and closed the lid with both vent settings at 2. The grill rose slowly to 200 where I closed the bottom vent to the screw and had the top cracked an eighth or so. The grill climbed all the way to 300 before I closed vents completely and started burping it to get temp back down. I ended up cooking my pork steak at 270 and have kept the grill going to practice control. It is at 250 now with bottom vent just barely cracked and the top barely cracked. I’m thinking 1.I am lighting too much charcoal and 2. I need to wait longer until the fire has stabilized before closing the lid. I am going to do the volcano method next time with a 1/4 of a Weber cube(have a lot left so want to use them up, will switch to cotton balls after that). I also ordered gasket material to do that mod. Any thoughts or advice? Thanks in advance, really enjoy cooking with this thing, but am finding the temp control difficult. I am a pellet grill convert and will never steer away from charcoal again!