Hello!

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by tpicki, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. tpicki

    tpicki Fire Starter

    Great to be here! I just bought a "Char Grillin" Grill with an offset firebox. I did Beer butt chix for my maiden voyage last night. It was hard to get the temp up at first (150 or so was as good as it got) but as I messed with it I got a steady 225! The chix were fantastic and I am hooked! The only problem is the time involved. I'm afraid to leave the smokers side[​IMG] . Any help on achieving AND maintaining temps would be good. I know about the Minion method and would rather not have to modify rhe smoker. At any rate......let the smoke roll!
     
  2. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    NY
    Glad to have you join us here at SMF. Plenty of people here with your smoker so I am sure they will be around soon to check in, welcome you and offer suggestions.

    A general suggestion would be to realize smoking requires a certain committment to tending the smoker. Grab your favorite adult beverage and enjoy the tbs.
     
  3. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF! Are you using a good quality lump type charcoal? Bricks suck. Lump will help a ton in keeping temps higher and mose consistant.
     
  4. tpicki

    tpicki Fire Starter

    I did use lump (not sure about the quality). I had to use almost a whole bag for 2 chix[​IMG] . I did however notice that the grill stayed at 200 for about an hour and a half after I was done. Is this amount of coal normal or did I just get carried away?? Thanks. You all are awesome!
     
  5. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    NY
    Lump does burn quicker (and hotter) then briquets. Royal Oak is a popular brand and seems to be one of the better lumps available, especially the made in the USA variety.
     
  6. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Mighta got a bit excited LOL...You do any mods to that puppy yet? A charcoal basket will help ALOT. Royal Oak seems to be the lump of choice... Cowboy brand is the bottom of the barrel many say...me included.

    Look into getting a basket made of expanded metal for the coals... here's a start:
    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/for...72087#poststop
     
  7. bbqgoddess

    bbqgoddess Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi tpicki,
    I am going to suggest you get a charcoal basket that keeps the ash away from the coals lets the air flow thru underneath and also gives ya room to get in under and scoop out and ash that my be piling up.
    I have seen a few post where people have gone to Lowes and bought one of those square bbq veggie cookers and used that for the basket. You would need to check the size however...
    here is a great pix of a basket, thx to T.H. & Richtee
    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/for...londe+question
     
  8. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome Tpicki, Keep at it. Good smokes ahead.
     
  9. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the forum!
     
  10. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  11. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    welcome to smf!!!
     
  12. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF! Glad you found us!

    Take care, have fun, and do good!

    Regards,

    Meowey
     
  13. bustedluckbarbq

    bustedluckbarbq Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF!! if you havn't already - Check out the 5 day ecourse... its full of great info, only takes a few minutes a day and its FREE.... There are lots of friendy folks here- all with different levels of experience that love helping new folks out--- so if ya have questions ask away! Check out the mods folks have already mentioned...they really help... don't go by the thermometer in the lid they are usually 100+ degrees off... get yourself a good digital....Enjoy!
     

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