Newbie Really Needs Help!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by beginnermike, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. beginnermike

    beginnermike Newbie

    I recently purchased a Char-Griller Smoking Pro w/SFB. I tried to use it last night but was not having any success on 2 slabs of pork ribs. I am a beginner in this and was using Royal Oak wood charoal. By the thermostat on the big part of the grill I couldn't get the grill hot at all after using about 4lbs of charcoal. So I started another batch of charcoal on one side of the main part of the grill. The most my thermostat would read was about 200 degrees. From what I read a smoker should get up to 300 before putting the meat in it. Granted it was about 30 degrees with strong winds last night. Was I using the right wood charcoal? Are the thermostats for Char-Griller's reliable? Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I think I had one of these a while back.  It is an offset smoker, has the firebox on the right hand side.

    If I remember right it had some kind of goofy draft adjustment thing between the firebox and the smoker.  I cut that the heck out of there to control the unit better.  Looked like a fire box damper but was in between the firebox and the cooking chamber?

    Anyway, if that is in there cut it out so you can get some air moving.

    You don't say what you damper setting and draft settings were set at?

    What is the elevation of you area?

    I would assume someone here owns one of these and can offer more guidance.  I got rid of mine as it was not good in cold weather.
     
  3. Dont trust the thermometer that is in the lid. I have the same type of rig and when my therm in the lid reads 115 it is acutally 235 degrees. Get yourself some oven thermometers and place right on cooking grate or get an ET732 digital thermometer then you dont have to open the lid to check temp.

    Remember control your temp with the dampers on the side fire box. More air = More heat. Leave your exhaust stack open all the way. Wind will have alot to do with controlling temps. I put up a couple sheets of plywood when it is windy out and I am trying to smoke. Hope that helps any other questions dont hesitate to ask.

    What are you using for fuel? Lump or Briquettes

    Lance 
     
  4. boykjo

    boykjo SAUSAGE MAKER Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

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  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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