40 inch masterbuilt elite gas smoker. Can't get temp below 275 degrees

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by arveegee, Aug 15, 2016.

  1. arveegee

    arveegee Newbie

    I've tried everything I can think of to get the temp down...even leaving the door cracked. It just won't get down to 225-250. Help please.
  2. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    First question of many to come I'm certain.

    How are you measuring the temperature?  The factory thermometers are WAY off most of the time.
  3. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Agree with Mr. Buzzard.  You might want to remove the stock thermometer and do a boiling water test to see what it reads when the water is boiling.  Should be 212* degrees.  You should plan to invest in a separate digital wireless thermometer such as a Maverick  ET 732 or something similar.  If you resolve the thermometer issue, you can then look into installing a needle valve to help cut the temp down.  Do a search under "needle valve".  There are lots of threads.
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2016
  4. arveegee

    arveegee Newbie

    Thanks for the replies. I never trust the original thermometers. I have two digitals I use on my stick burner. I'll look into the needle valve. Thanks.
  5. joecaboose

    joecaboose Newbie

    Couldn't get mine to stay under 250.....here's my fix:

    Closed off 1/2 jet openings with #6 brass screws

    Installed LP needle valve

    Reduced lower vent opening

    Added Green Egg door insulation

    Added casters


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