I got a smoke hollow gas smoker for christmas. Cant get it hot

Discussion in 'Grilling Tips' started by manzetti, Jan 9, 2015.

  1. manzetti

    manzetti Newbie

    I have a vertical smoker and i cannot get it about 250 degrees.  I have the dampers wide open.  any suggestions?

  2. johgre078

    johgre078 Smoke Blower

    Wich model do you have? I have the 44 inch and have no problem on heat. What is the temp outside? I always smoke at 225 - 235 myself.

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  3. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    the propane tanks have a safety feature on them.. If you turn the valve on to fast the safety valve kicks in and restricts the gas... turn the valve on the tank off and open the controller on the burner to let out any pressure on the hose... Turn the controller back off after a couple of minutes... Now open the valve on the tank REAL SLOW .... Now light your burner and see if you don't have a bigger flame ... Let us know if that helped... If not then will think of something else....
  4. manzetti

    manzetti Newbie

    i have the 44 inch one also.  i feel like the seals on the doors are killing me.  
  5. manzetti

    manzetti Newbie

    its pretty cold outside.  like 35 degrees.  

    I will try that with the tank.  I have very little blue flame.  not sure if that helps you know what is going on.
  6. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Also that cold out the regulator could be freezing up...
  7. demosthenes9

    demosthenes9 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The door on the SH44 leaks somewhat, but not enough to lose a serious amount of heat.   JCkDanls has you on the right track.   The low pressure safety valve is the first thing to check.  I do it just a bit differently.  Shut everything down completely and unscrew the collar on the propane tank.  Then, slowly seat the connection and twist the collar back on tightly.  Slowly open the valve on the propane tank then turn one of the burners onto HIGH and press the igniter button.  Once the first burner is lit, repeat process for the second burner.

    BTW, not meaning to imply that JCkDanls method is wrong, just telling you what works for me.
  8. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yeah the door isn't gonna be killing you. My vertical has smoker leaks like a sieve around the door. I can get up to 500+ even when it's 20 outside. The guys have you covered on the tank. I used to only get up to 375 then I installed a needle valve for better control and temps. Another thing to consider is if you are only relying on the therm that came with the smoker it may be off. Stock therms are notorious for not being accurate.
  9. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Have you checked the thermometer in boiling and ice water to see if its accurate?

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