Masterbuilt Dual Fuel ... Wood chunks not smoking in warm weather. Need advice.

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by worktogthr, Jul 24, 2014.

  1. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Hi all,

    I have been smoking with my masterbuilt
    Dual fuel using propane since October with great success. No mods other than the Cast iron skillet. Use chunks only. Problem I have been having is that when I do any smokes at the 225-250 range, the chunks just don't smoke. Propane knob is at medium and Lower to achieve these temps. My guess is that the propane flame not being large/ hot enough is not heating the cast iron skillet hot enough to start the chunks smoking. I have no issues getting smoke when I cook butts which are usually around 300 degrees for me. Anyone experience this in hot weather? It's in the 80s and sunny here. In the winter I suspect I ha no problem because the ambient temperature caused me to have a high flame on the propane burner. Thanks in advance for your help.
     
  2. ttkt57

    ttkt57 Newbie

    Last edited: Jul 24, 2014
  3. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the quick response. Just wondering which size trivet you need?
     
  4. ttkt57

    ttkt57 Newbie

    Here's the trivet I used:

     
  5. bworthy

    bworthy Smoke Blower

    I also have a hard time getting my wood chunks to smoke at the lower temps. (225* - 250*).
     
  6. bworthy

    bworthy Smoke Blower

    OOPS! I also use the cast iron pan on top of the burner. I have used a small amount of lump charcoal then added the wood chunks with some success.
     
  7. ttkt57

    ttkt57 Newbie

    Today with the highs in the 70s, I'm using my adjustable trivet/skillet system to smoke a chuck roast at 220. I could take it down to 205 if I wanted and still have plenty of smoke.

    If anybody doesn't feel equipped to drill, tap, cut threaded rod, etc., shoot me a line and I can make one of these for you for a reasonable price.

    They work like a dream.
     
  8. skays

    skays Newbie

    I just use a cast iron skillet and place it on top of the wood chip pan that came with my Large (40 inch) propane MasterBuilt and using wood chips is fine.  I purchased some wood 'chunks' and someone mentioned to get the temp up high enough to start the wood smoking then turn down to desired temp and the wood should continue to smoke.  Haven't done that yet...sound reasonable to everyone???
     
  9. bworthy

    bworthy Smoke Blower

    I have a round grill grate that I have been putting on top of the MB chip tray and my pan on top of that. Maybe I will try taking out the chip tray and put the grate and pan right on top of the burner. Darn, now I need to find something to smoke!
     
  10. ttkt57

    ttkt57 Newbie

    Make sure there's enough gap for the fire to burn properly.
     
  11. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Hmm... Maybe I will try throwing my smokey joe charcoal grate right on top of the burner and then putting the cast iron skillet on that... If that doesn't work I might take you up on your offer to make me an adjustable platform
    For the cast iron pan.
     
  12. ttkt57

    ttkt57 Newbie

    Sounds good. Let me know.
     
  13. bworthy

    bworthy Smoke Blower

    ttkt57, yeah, I'll make sure the flame stays blue.
     
  14. worktogthr

    worktogthr Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    ttk, how is he bottom,of your smoker so damn clean haha
     
  15. ttkt57

    ttkt57 Newbie

    It's almost brand new. I've only done maybe five long smokes with it so far.
     

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