First Klose smoker use. Ribs

Discussion in 'Side Fire Box' started by jamesoh79, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. After a couple weeks of getting my used Klose 20×48 smoker ready. I finally had an opportunity of firing her up. Was little nervous. It's much bigger than my old Brinkmann. Fired her up last Sunday. And just decided to do 2 slabs of ribs. Starting the fire was just like my old smoker. Put charcoal in. Let it get white. And decided to go Oak and Black Cherry. It was about 25 degrees outside when I started in the morning.

    Noticed immediately the Klose takes much longer to heat up than the Brinkmann. Took about 20 mins from when the fire was bbq ready. Placed the 2 ribs down and let the fun began.

    Had to put in more wood about every hour. In my old smoker when the fire started dying. The temp would drop dramatically and very quickly. With the Klose the thick metal retains way better heat. From my smoking point of around 220 to 260 ish. It would drop down to maybe 200 when more wood was needed.

    The only issue I had was the amount of charcoal to start off with. And adjusting the air flow. Should have put more charcoal to start with. Because the logs did not catch quick enough. Also I will open the air vents more next time. All in all. A very successful first run.

    Ribs came out great too! Nice looking bark and good deep smoke ring.
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nice job on your first run!

    The ribs look delicious!

  3. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Those ribs look really good. I start with a basket full of RO lump and start it with 2/3 chimney of RO briqs. When the lump is fully involved, I put in 2-3 splits to establish a good coal bed. When the CC is up to cooking temp, I add my meat, a couple more splits and my flavor chunks. To get quick ignition and good heat management with no white smoke, I always pre-heat my splits. I see that you have a flat top FB, so pre-heating should be easy. I usually put 4-6 splits on top of the FB and keep them warming. I can put 2-3 in when I need more fuel and still have more splits pre-heating. It works for me. I always have good quick ignition, good heat recovery, a good bed of coals and TBS.

    I may use a little more fuel than some folks, but it's worth it for me. I like the way my fires work and the temps that I get.

    Good luck with your new toy and good smokin', Joe. :grilling_smilie:
  4. Joe thanks for the advice. I really like the idea of prewarming the logs. That firebox gets pretty hot! Never had any logs catch fire up there? I'll give it a shot this Sunday. Plan on doing some butts. So I'll have to maintain the fire for a longer period of time.

    Forecast calls for 70s. So it should be a bit easier to keep the fire burning. 20 degree weather can be challenging to bbq. Espically if the fire is not built properly. Definitely more charcoal to start off.
  5. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    There is nothing as good as ribs cooked on a firebreather!

    Mmmmmmm.......... baby!
  6. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sometimes a really dry piece will begin to smolder, but I just lay it across 2 others until it's ready to go in. If you don't use gloves, just remember which piece. It is. Don't ask how I know that.
  7. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice looking ribs,glad to see your enjoying the new smoker!Thumbs Up
  8. rogerwilco

    rogerwilco Meat Mopper

    Unfortunately, I know how you know that.........

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