Help! Smoker not getting to temperature

Discussion in 'Pork' started by butterman75, May 6, 2012.

  1. butterman75

    butterman75 Newbie

    I have smoked ribs using the 3-2-1 method a bunch with great results. Temperature usually around 225. Today for some reason my smoker is only getting up to 170. Anyone ever smoke ribs at that temp and if so should i just change the 3-2-1 time to something like 4-3-2?
     
  2. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    What kind of smoker are you using, how's the weather?
     
  3. butterman75

    butterman75 Newbie

    Master Forge, 60 degrees. Ive done it when it was cooler with no problems. I just d/c everything and put it back together and it seems to be heating up a little better but ive already done 2 hours at 170.
     
  4. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Sometimes the wind will play havoc with you.  Charcoal, electric or propane?   Maybe it just need a cleaning?
     
  5. butterman75

    butterman75 Newbie

    Propane and yes your probably right about the cleaning...or perhaps ill just go ahead and get the pellet smoker ive been wanting!
     
  6. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    HeHe  any excuse to buy a new smoker is a good one!
     
  7. spoolinaz

    spoolinaz Meat Mopper

    I can get 400 out of my gasser converted to NG, and it burns cooler than propane. I would say you have an (near) empty bottle or somehow the gas orifice/intake is blocked up...
     
  8. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Check up inside your veturi, a lot of times spiders get up in there and block them off with webbing. Just run a pipe cleaner up in there to make sure.
     
  9. butterman75

    butterman75 Newbie

    Thanks guys, i will give those suggestions a go!

    BTW, ribs still came out great, just not fall off the bone like i love them!
     

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