These 4 cluckers were cooked with a average temp of 400ish but it could have cooked much hotter with no problems. I used a little oak, mulberry and maple splits and branches. Here's the start. Here's the finish Moist tender and incredibly tasty....nothing beats open fire cooking for poultry. I can use charcoal with wood chunks and use the lid but this is way fun when your guests can see it cooking out in the open!