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Smoking with Top Vent Closed?

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While browsing Amazon, looking at Akorn Jr, I noticed that the graphic shows smoking instructions with the top vent closed and the bottom open slightly. The same for the Akorn.

Does anyone do this? I keep the upper vent cracked to smoke, I would think closing it would kill the fire.

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I wouldn't ever do that. You want to create a,, "chimney effect" where the heat and smoke from the bottom drafts upward through the product and the cooker then out the top. Being open on top, even just a little does this and also keeps bad smoke from lingering inside which could screw up the taste. 

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I didn't cook anything, but tonight I ascertained that the grill will burn low with the top vent closed and the bottom partly open.

I cooked a couple of pizzas tonight ( they were good). When finished I closed the top to snuff the fire, but forgot about the bottom. About three hours later I wanted to let the heat out and cover it, so I opened the top vent. Sure enough, twenty minutes later it was 500. Now both vents are closed. I guess I should have known that Char-griller wouldn't recommend it if they hadn't tried it.

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I've done the opposite - bottom totally closed and controlled temp strictly at the top.  The TTT instructions actually say to do that, and it's worked for me.  Lately I've been cracking the bottom just a tad, even with TTT in place, and been able to leave unattended for up to 6 hours without needing to make any adjustments.

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