1. After I get my coals lit, do I put the lid back on and let it get good and hot before putting my meat on or throw it right on there?
Coals will get hotter if your lid is off. More air means more heat. Great way to cook steaks and other thing you want seared on the outside and medium to rare on the inside.
BUT, generally you want to let the cooking surface to be good and hot. So after you separate the coals, let the grate sit for a bit before throwing the meat on.
It has 2 vents, one on top of the lid and one at the bottom. I know they are used to control temperature but when would I need to close the vents other than when I am done grilling and want the fire to die?
Again, more air equals more heat. So you can control the heat level with your vents. I use it all the time to drop the temp inside the girl.
This post was edited on 12/28 at 1:23 pm