Hello from Diamond Bar CA.with an off-set smoker

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by smokeemout, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. Hello. I received an off-set smoker as a gift and I've used it 3 times.

    The first time I just opened it a lot, moved things around a lot and basically used it like a bar b que because I was constantly  building the fire/ charcoal back up to build the heat back up. That time I smoked some beef ribs and they were done in about 3 1/2 hr. They weren't too bad, better than they were when I've bar b qued them in the past.

    I figuered out there was 60-80 degree temp variance inside the smoking chamber. SOOOO... I modified the smoker to make it a reverse flow:

    First I had some pieces welded on the sided so that the smoking chamber could be sealed with Nomex insulating tape. That worked real well. I put some JB Weld around/in some of the joints that were pouring out smoke. 

    I put a piece of 11 gage steel in the chamber to make the smoke/heat flow to the opposite side of the charcoal chamber. I guessed on the size of the opening on the end.

    Then I put some flexible vent pipe from the smoke stack to the other side (side closest to the fire chamber) so that the exhaust would be drawn from that side. 

    I put 4 oven thermometers inside the chamber and checked the temps. The temps all evened out to within 20 degrees of each other.

    So then I tried smoking some beef ribs again. My first mistake was to put bar b que sauce on them first then I smoked them and didn't open up the chamber, just kept it at what I thought was a good temp 225- on the visible one. 

    It all burned terribly

    Next time I did the same thing but kept the temp lower, around 200- after 7 hrs it still wasn't done and was just drying out. I think If I continued like that they would just become like beef jerky. 

    So Now I'm trying to smoke the ribs at 225 degrees again but not putting bar b que sauce on them and we'll see. 
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