Help me please

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by ou11bb, Mar 18, 2010.

  1. ou11bb

    ou11bb Newbie

    Hi, i am in the process right now of smoking a pheasant. The big problem is my smoker "vertical charcoal" will not get above 140 degrees. all vents are open and the water pan above is where it should be. Please a need so expert advise, this is my first attempt and i dont want to waste the pheasant!!
    Thanks for your prompt responses
     
  2. herkysprings

    herkysprings Smoking Fanatic

    Where are you reading this temp from? Sometimes the default thermos on the unit are not great / accurate.

    If you dont get anywhere soon, I suggest getting the bird in an oven to not waste it. You can always tinker with the smoker while it cooks in the oven to determine your issues.
     
  3. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I agree with the above, don't waste the meat trying to figure it out
     
  4. ou11bb

    ou11bb Newbie

    ok thermometer is located around the top third of the smoker. i guess there could be an issue w/a faulty thermometer. do you know of anyway to get the charcoal hotter during the smoking process, other than just adding more coals? I thought about adding dry mesquite wood instead of adding additional coal?
     
  5. ou11bb

    ou11bb Newbie

    Ok i will start my oven now and will give the smoker 20-30 more minutes to show increase and if no results i will pull it.
     
  6. herkysprings

    herkysprings Smoking Fanatic

    Is there sufficient air flow under the coals? If you have a chimney starter you could get some really hot and add those.

    I'd repost quick in the Charcoal section below and those guys should be around quick to help. Add Make / model and you'll have an expert answer in no time.
     
  7. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Keeping coals in a pile as opposed to spread out will generate some more heat but increasing the air intake is what you want to do.
    I wouldn't recommend adding a bunch of mesquite, it is really a strong wood and adding a bunch could ruin the meat as well.
     
  8. herkysprings

    herkysprings Smoking Fanatic

    If you do pull it, leave the charcoal / setup and try to figure out how to work it better. Rather that then waste fuel!
     
  9. ou11bb

    ou11bb Newbie

    haha ya dont want to waste the fuel! what if i open the lower charcoal door to increase the air. right now its closed, but if a cracked it open that may help. what do you think? again thanks for your time and as of right now smoker is at 150 F.
     
  10. herkysprings

    herkysprings Smoking Fanatic

    That should help to get things going for sure! Usually it takes me 20 min or so to get a chimney of coals ready, and another 10 minutes to get my load of charcoal in the smoker heated up to the right temp.
     
  11. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Don't forget about ashes...they'll kill the fire if the ashes are trapped at the bottom of the coal pan...if this is an unmodified brinkmann, that is a likely cause to low temps, next to a lack of intake/exhaust ventilation.

    Eric
     
  12. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks here and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview. [​IMG]
     
  13. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    az
    what happened... how did the bird turn out?
     
  14. guvna

    guvna Smoking Fanatic

    next time get your smoker good and hot first. throw on some wood and let it start smoking for a min. before you put the meat in.
     
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    chef jeff tx Smoking Fanatic

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    So how did that bird turn out?
     
  16. treegje

    treegje Master of the Pit

    I have also a vertical water smoker

    Almost every time I start with hot water in the water pan.
    That makes soon 30 minutes min difference
    all vents open,after every smoke remove ash
     
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