Beginner Problems

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by burnt fingers, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. Hi, I am a beginner at smoking. I have a BBQ Pro grill. I sprayed the inside with oil and started my coals and put into firebox. So far I can only get the temp upto about 150. Am I not using enough coals or what? Also where do you get a coal basket?[​IMG]
  2. eaglewing

    eaglewing Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Do you have a pic of your rig??

    The EXHAUST must be always wide open, temp is controlled by the air 'intake'.

    Check my signature for a charcoal basket that's quick and easy.

    But is you can't get a fire hotter than 150 your not allowing either enough intake or enough exhaust
  3. gargra03

    gargra03 Fire Starter

    exactly what eaglewing said, also are you just using the temp gauge that came with the smoker ? If so those are almost always way off.
  4. Thanks guys for the info. The plans for the basket look good, I'll get started on one tomorrow. The smoker I have is your basic barrel with an offset firebox.
  5. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Always check your thermometers, most of the ones included are off some a little some a lot.
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    chef jeff tx Smoking Fanatic

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  7. northern greenhorn

    northern greenhorn Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to smf, and you can't trust the thermometer that came w/ your smoker, these things can be off by as much as 50*
  8. steevieg

    steevieg Fire Starter

    I had the same problem with my first offset. What I didn't realize was that on mine there is a 'football' shaped piece of metal that I didn't punch out where the offset meets the main chamber. I couldn't get it up to temp at all. Once I removed that metal piece which increased the hole size between the box and chamber the temps were able to increase.
  9. Thanks for all the great advice. My Home Depot didn't have the size I needed but did find it at a Tractor Supply. It cost a little more.
  10. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Like someone else asked are you going by the thermometer that came with your smoker cause they are always wrong and by alot too.
  11. I have a cooking thermometer, can I just lay the probe on the grill to get an accurate temp. What is a good replacement thermometer. Also I am making a charcoal basket and was wondering if it should be a certain size.
  12. Dont ley the probe directly on the grate. I put the probe trough a wine cork or a potato. The metal from the grate messes with the probe and you will get inaccurate temps. Some put the probe through a peice of wood as well. Something to suspend it over the grate.

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