lower smoker temps without controls

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by sfsmoker, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. sfsmoker

    sfsmoker Newbie

    Just got a cheap Brinkman...has a heating element with no controls on it and it gets the think up to 250 degrees, too hot. How can I lower the temp?
  2. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Run your ECB with the intake vent allmost closed to closed and the exhaust vent fully open.

     try that and see if your temps don't come down a bit. alltrhough 250 is not to high to smoke at.

     You definantly need to get a better thermometer than the one that comes w/ the ECB.
  3. sfsmoker

    sfsmoker Newbie

    Thanks I'll give it a try. There is NO thermo on my unit, I use one with a probe hanging around the grill space. I did smoke a pork shoulder yesterday at 250 and it turned out great...but isn't it too hot for brisket?
  4. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nope.  I prefer to run my brisket at 225*, but 250* will work just fine for brisket.

    Do yourself a huge favor and get good thermometers.
  5. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    This electric is pretty much governed by ambient temps and the power cord gauge you use. You will have a hard time getting lower temps, but 225 to 250 will cover a majority of anything you will smoke.

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