help temp

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by 00tjwrangler, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. 00tjwrangler

    00tjwrangler Newbie

    ok so i  have the smoker fired up and i had it just under 200 and then opend it up to put drip pans in  seeing how this is my first time smoking anything in it  i have had it up to 220 to 230 before just test run and  i cant get it up there  someone please help
     
  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    First of all what kind of smoker are you working with, propane, electric, charcoal, etc.? Did you put hot water in your pans or are they empty? If you put cold water in the pan it will take the smoker a while to bring it up to temp therefore your smoker will run at a lower temp. Give us a little more info and we can help you out.
     
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2011
  3. 00tjwrangler

    00tjwrangler Newbie

    i built a upright freezer with a electric hot plate as my heat source
     
  4. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Is there water in the drip pan?
     
  5. 00tjwrangler

    00tjwrangler Newbie

    no should there be i have never smoked anything
     
  6. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You can add water in the pan to help stabilize temps in the smoker and add moisture to the smoker. Try removing the pans once and see if they are just blocking some of the direct heat from getting to your thermometer. Are the pans taking up a the majority of the bottom of the smoker? Do you have your burner turned up all the way? Another thing is you need to test your thermometers and make sure they are accurate.
     
  7. 00tjwrangler

    00tjwrangler Newbie

    i only have one drip pan in there right now so its taking up 1/3 of the air flow to my thermometer  and i just had it up to 220 last week on a test run  im trying to get up to temp  so i can put my meat in  it did take me like 3 to 4 hrs to get it up to temp last week its on a single hot plate maybe i need to go bigger
     
  8. 00tjwrangler

    00tjwrangler Newbie

    ok i have it up to 170 degrees right now   i have the dampter open lie 1/4 way and my vent hole is open 1/4 way too
     
  9. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yea you might need to get a bigger hot plate. It shouldn't take that long to get up to temp.
     
  10. 00tjwrangler

    00tjwrangler Newbie

    well i really dont know where i need my vents to be set at and i have ribs out and ready to go in   is there a way maybe i can add charcole to it to get the temp up
     
  11. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Your exhaust vent on the roof should normally be all the way open. Being its an electric smoker your intakes aren't going to control your heat like they would with a charcoal rig but you will want them open a bit to get air flow so you will produce smoke with your wood.
     
  12. 00tjwrangler

    00tjwrangler Newbie

    ok so my temp is staying right at 170  idk what to do
     
  13. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I think you should go and get a second hot plate. I don't think the one you have has enough heat generation. How many watts is it? 
     
  14. You absolutely need a larger heat source. You will need vents opened for air flow so you get the proper smoke and with the vents opened your current heat source will have a harder time making enough heat.

    You must also consider the outside temperature, the colder it is the harder it will be to maintain your cooker temps.
     
  15. 00tjwrangler

    00tjwrangler Newbie

    ok so i went and got a oven heat element  and have it hooked up and gaining heat back  its up to 120 right now and has been on fro 20 min   so i will see  and its in a freezer build and its about 42 degrees right now  i had 22 degrees when i fired it up this morning
     
  16. Outside temp is probably your biggest problem, so you definately need more BTUs.

    That is the reason we ask members to include in their profile where they are from.

    It is much easier to recomend solutions with that info.

    Let us know how it turns out.
     
     
  17. 00tjwrangler

    00tjwrangler Newbie

    ok im from north west pa  and i had the oven heating element and only getting 160 out of that
     
  18. 00tjwrangler

    00tjwrangler Newbie

    ok so its up to 180 right now climbing slowy
     
  19. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Still no where near the heat you need.
     
  20. 00tjwrangler

    00tjwrangler Newbie

    thats y my ribs r on  the grill with wood chips so im hoping i will still get smoke flavor
     

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