Originally Posted by Papa GLS
Do you have problems getting yours up to a good cooking temp? I can't seem to get mine hot enough.
If you have a Smokey Joe Gold with side vents (aka SJG), here is a solution.
I prefer to cook over indirect heat, so use this technique with ours most every time.
If I need to fill the grill, I'll leave the lid partially off and that helps too.
The Smokey Joe Silver with the vents on the bottom draws better as a grill, but I prefer the Gold as it won't leak ashes and and has a lid latch.
When I'm done cooking I shut the vents and will reuse any leftover coals for the next cook, unless we are ready to leave. Putting them in a Weber Compact
charcoal starter makes this quick and easy.
With a few parts the Smokey Joe's also make great smokers, here
is a link to mine.
IMO the Gold version is better for this, as the Silver version's bottom intakes get clogged with ashes unless you make a baffle.
I use one of these,
camping and at home so I can monitor the grate and meat temp from nearby.