Well I still have that fresh new member smell. Peee Uuuuuu ! I was just reading the pork butt timing thread and being I put on my 13.3 lb but in two sections but they are touching because of the space in my smoker I can't get it over 250 for more than a few minutes. I did a few mods to it. I put in a much bigger water pan with a stainless steel bowl that fit perfectly into the opening. I drilled 25 3/16" holes in the coal pan, put a secondary foil pan under it to catch the ash and I installed a different thermometer. No matter how much coal I put in it it spikes up to 250 but then settles back to just over 200. I"m using Lazari Mesquite lump coal and mesquite chunks soaked in water. Here's the rub, (different kind of rub) my party starts tomorrow at 5M and I don't think there's any way in hell that it's going to be finished in the smoker if this is how it's going to go. Here's a pic of when I put it in at 1:AM The rub is Hawaiian salt black and red and a little garlic salt for that little essence of something my guests can't quite put their finger on. Here's another pic that I just peeked at to get a temp reading of the butts at 5:AM. Yay they are no longer touching and one is 146 the other 149. That's enough time to peek being I put them in at 1:AM ? right? I just added 3 pitchers of water and it cooled it down from about 210 to about 180. Boo ! 6:45 AM I just added another round of wet mesquite chunks and mesquite lump coals. Pre lit by hot coil and metal basket of course. Temp went up to 285 on the new thermometer and about 250 on the stock one. I"m wondering which is most accurate. Noon and the IT is 187 and 194. The big difference is probably due to probe placement because I'm sleep deprived. I've got the temp up to about 240 more or less. I've been going to bed for an hour and a half two times now.