Greetings from Tucson, AZ

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by schockmel, Jan 20, 2008.

  1. schockmel

    schockmel Newbie

    Hi All,

    My name is Shanon Schockmel and I live in Tucson AZ.... I have wanted a smoker for years so I just bought the Bar-B-Chef Offset Smoker from Barbecues Galore.

    I had an electric water smoker years ago but I had issues with it so I got rid of it....but my "Q" bug never left.

    I plan on trying many things on my smoker.... the first being a family's favorite....

    However... I have a bit of an issue... trying to get the tempature up.... I created a good size fire with lump charcoal... but I cannot get the temp above 200.... it has been chilly this evening....but does anyone have ideas for increasing the temp a bit?
  2. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF! be sure to check the 5 day ecourse out... Chilly... CHILLY? nevermind. I'd go with a butt first... get a feel for the smoker. you got wind? Wind breaks help ALOT. It's 4° F here and I just pulled a butt off at 165° for the oven. Chilly. Sheesh. ;{)

    Where's your intake damper set? Full open on the output?
  3. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF, you're gonna like it here. Great folks who love to share smokin', grillin', and other good things. Be thinking of Q View, that's are show & tell around here.
  4. bustedluckbarbq

    bustedluckbarbq Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF! First with your temp--- Check your thermometer... dont trust many of the stock ones... you can check it with a pot of boiling water- should read 212 when water boils- a lot of us use the Maverick Readi Check ET-73.. you can get one for around 40 bucks... and second like Rich said... open output fully (stack) --- and adjust your air intake to control the heat...
  5. ds7662

    ds7662 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Welcome to the site!!
    Like Rich and Mark said, Set the Stack damper to full open and leave it.
    Use the intake damper on the fire box to control temperature.
    When getting it fired up Leave the intake full open. Once temps get where you want them then start closing it off some. 1st close halfway, in 15 minutes if temps are still rising close it halfway again. Continue this tell you get what you want.
    Never close the stack damper all the way and while learning its best to just leave it alone.
  6. schockmel

    schockmel Newbie

    Thanks for the tips! It was windy last night and in the 30s so that probably had something to do with it... I will do a pork butt soon and see how it turns out.

    Question on charcoal... do you add additional unburned charcoal to the fire box or do you use one of those chimneys?
  7. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Chimney's the way to go. NEVER use lighter fluid for anything. Well, maybe bonfires
  8. Welcome to the clubhouse!
  9. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the site. Lots of great people here and great info. too.
    You have come to the right place to learn about smoking.

  10. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome to the forum Shanon![​IMG]
  11. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    welcome Shannon I just up the road from u close by Marana.ya was a bit windy last nite,could be a part of the prob.welcome to the site,you will find a lot of good folk & info here.And no more cold remarks,it's HOT-HOT,we have enough transplants moveing in,we don't need anymore(wink)
  12. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi Shanon,

    SMF is the place to be! I've been a member for a few weeks and have learned TONS of info from these folks! Good luck and happy smokin'!
  13. I am from tucson also. If you get an opportunity build a fire basket for your offset. you will not have to open fire box as often. and welcome
  14. cman95

    cman95 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF. This is THE place to be.
  15. After I retired from the education business my wife presented me with a brinkmann electric smoker. It's 15 years later and my equipment has grown with the addition of two propane smokers and a four room smokehouse I built three years ago. Still having fun learning how to smoke it right!
  16. smokeys my pet

    smokeys my pet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Schockmel welcome to smf and hope all your smokes go smooth and thin blue!!!!!!!!!!!!

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