Hi guys! Finally upgraded myself from an Akorn to the Big Joe from Costco Roadshow. First accessory I bought for it was the KAB. I did my first cook on it with a pork butt last week as a trial run to figure out the temperature control. Used the method I used with the Akorn to get to 275 by cutting air flow in half at certain temp then half again then set what I thought would be the final setting for the temp to hold. The temperature hold at 275 for about 6 hours and died down. Came to realized that all the charcoal were used up. From the readings, I think KAB helps with air flow but it also helps charcoal to burn quicker. Added more charcoal and light it again with the KJ starter using the same lighting method, but somehow I get a temperature creep to 320 this time. At 320 my setting for top vent is a little less than the first line from the left and about 1/2 inch at the bottom vent. I would like to know how are yall experts' prefer way to light the charcoal and preferred way to control temperature.
2nd question is about the divide and conquer. I do a lot of steak and I usually use the reverse sear method starting at 225 till 130 then 500+ with a minute and half on each side. With the divide and conquer system, although one side of the grill will be direct heat over with the grate on the lower section, but how about the overall temp in the grill for me to do a reverse sear? Any insight is highly appreciate it!!