OK, I'd like to know how crazy and/or common the following habit is:
Halfway through a cook, the urge to "fix" the fire becomes overwhelming and you do the "hot squat". By that, I mean you grip the center section by the top ridge, squat down, and LIFT all of
* the hot center section
* the hot food
* the hot water pan
* the boiling grease-water
* the hot lid
* the hot grates
and place them on the ground.
After fooling with the fire you do another hot squat and put it all back together.
I'm still sort of a beginner (although I've done 7 or so good cooks so far and my crowds are getting bigger.) In every cook, I found one reason or another to do the hot squat. The last time, I had 2 big precariously balanced beer can chickens in there, and I realized mid lift that I had flip-flops on. I'm thinking to myself, if that boiling oil-water sloshes onto my foot, I'm going to lose control of this whole thing bigtime.
In other words, I know one of these times I'm gonna get burned good, but I still can't resist.
Do I have to break this habit, or does everyone do it?