New being a relative term at this point... but I am doing my first pork butt in my char-broil. I am also trying out the minion method for the first time. I have always just added coals whenever needed, but I am hoping not to have to babysit it as much. This leads to my first question, I am sitting around 250 and the intake vent is closed, exhaust open. I can't seem to get the temps to settle down, and I think the new coals are just going to keep it too hot. Suggestions? Anywho, I have a 7.5 pounder, bone in with a water/drip pan. Here are some pics starting it out, some Q view to come later. I also whipped up a batch of Jeffs rub and that stuff is great. I had the butt in the fridge overnight last night and had made chili for dinner. It got some rub added in too and it was wonderful. Ok, I am already an hour into my smoke and after maybe 30 minutes or so all of the coals I had put in the basket were lit and temps hit the roof. I left the firebox door open and that kept them around 250 for a while and I am waiting to let it mellow out. I have now closed the door and have the smoker lid cracked to keep it "cooler" once these coals die down, I will go back to babysitting like I am used to. Any idea why it didnt work? I'm lost but have things under control. I'll manage. I think I just started with too many hot coals and not enough unlit.