I have an upcoming neighborhood party, and I was wondering how many pork butts you can comfortable get on an FEC-100 without restricting air flow? Four racks, three butts per rack or four butts per rack?

I imagine with a full load there would be a lot of moisture, any need to wrap my PB's? I never wrap ribs in my FEC-100 and they come out great.

Thanks for any advice!
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Depends on the size of the butts. Most of the butts that I get are between 7 and 8 pounds. I can easily get 4 per shelf. If they get any bigger than that, it gets a little crowded. When I do a big load, it seems to add to the cooking time. You are putting a lot of cold in there to start with. I load the biggest ones one the bottom shelf because it's the hottest. Next biggest on the top shelf. They prolly won't all get done at the same time. I stick some remote thermometers in some of them to monitor temps, then foil to cooler as the get done. I don't foil til then.
In addition to what BearHar said, I will switch the top shelf with the lowest shelf about halfway through the smoke.

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