and this prevented any airflow. also this bag of cowboy lump was really really small pieces this time so it just started falling through. i actually pulled the coal tray out in the middle of smoking so i could move around the coals that were now sitting on the bottom of my SFB and only 8-10 pieces were still on top of it. i'm going to build a minion box before my next time BUT until then i had to rig something up to help with the issues this was causing on the current smoke because temps dropped. so here is how i rigged it up and temps got back acceptable. laugh all you want that's what i posted it for lol. i can laugh at myself, pretty damn funny isnt it?