Originally Posted by Papa GLS
I think the problem is with the ashes blocking the bottom vent. Have been thinking about drilling some vent holes up on the side to give it more air flow.
The guys that use a Smokey Joe Silver for a smoker, will put a small empty tin can upside down over the bottom vent. Then use a can opener to make holes around the sides where it meets the bottom, and you have a baffle to keep the ashes from blocking the intake.
When smoking you can be cooking for several hours so the ash build up is a big problem.
The Gold version doesn't have this issue, but IMO needs a bit of help for best airflow when grilling, the link I posted earlier using aluminum foil makes this easy.