A little help please!

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by grillnsmoke, Aug 2, 2015.

  1. grillnsmoke

    grillnsmoke Fire Starter

    This is my off set. My question is, what are some tips on how to maintain a steady temperature? I seem to have a issue maintaining 250 275 on up. 200-230 I don't have a issue with. Oh and I'm using briquettes and lump charcoal
  2. paul6

    paul6 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I use a Longhorn , on long smokes I use the Minion method. If you have a decent seal then it is just playing with the vents. When I get my temp I like to keep the smoke box vent almost closed and use the Chimney vent to control the temp.
  3. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If you have good seals you will decrease the temp. Issue 😁

    Have fun and . . .
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    If you have not already, add the Mods for Horizontal Offsets. The mod to bring the exhaust to grate level is critical, a Baffle helps too. Without these the bulk of the heat can travel along the top of the smoker and out the stack. The meat never sees it and a therm at meat level will seem low compared to the fire you got...JJ
  5. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

  6. paul6

    paul6 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Good point I dropped my chimney down to grate level  and while its not a true baffle put a 12" piece of steel to even the temp from front to back. I can keep it within 15 degrees .with  all this said you can have a leaky smoker with wild temp variations but when you get to know your smoker you can turn out really good Q !!!
  7. grillnsmoke

    grillnsmoke Fire Starter

    Thanks for all the tips guys.

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