newbie to offset smoker

Discussion in 'Side Fire Box' started by flourchild20, Jun 18, 2016.

  1. flourchild20

    flourchild20 Newbie

    hi everyone

    I inherited a riverside offset smoker/grill I cannot get the temp passed 200 I'm using kingsford briquettes and soaked

    hickory chunks. the thermometer I have is reading 185-200 and the temp gauge is reading around 200 any help suggestions

    is greatly appreciated. oh what are these grates used for in the smoking chamber.
  2. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit

    I picture of your smoker would help. On my offset I dump in a lit chimney of charcoal and then add wood splits to maintain my fire. You don't want to soak your wood. Your goal is to have a clean burning fire.
    Do a search on fire management, lots of good reading.

    Welcome to SMF!!!
  3. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Good advice from Hardcookin. I have about 2/3 basket of Royal Oak lump and light it with 2/3 chimney of briqs. When this is ignited, I put on 2-3 splits and close the CC doors. When the CC is up to cooking temp, I put in a couple more splits and the flavor chunks. I never soak chunks. I control the cooking temp with the fire and mostly leave all the vents open.

    Good luck with your fire maintenance. Practice, relax and enjoy. Joe
  4. Stay away from the briquettes, and use hardwood lump charcoal to start, hardwood lump burns about 200 degrees hotter than briquettes, burns about 1/3 longer,and makes about 1/4 to 1/3 the amount of ash. We had a comp last weekend, and our offset was running with lump from 10pm Friday till 1:30 sunday,and the ash woulden't fill a no 10 can,we never had to empty the ash drawer till we were done.

  5. The grates in the smoking chamber are for charcoal if you are using it as a direct heat grill.

  6. flourchild20

    flourchild20 Newbie

     hi mike

    ty for the info ill try the lump charcoal if I can find it lol and not soaking the wood I'm not used to using charcoal I had a upright

    propane smoker and I totally loved it . so the charcoal goes on the grates at the top and bottom of the smoking chamber
  7. flourchild20

    flourchild20 Newbie

    hi  hardcooking

    I think it came from home depot I'm going to try this again if not ill turn it into a bbq pit only lol and go buy my propane upright

    smoker never had a problem with it
  8. flourchild20

    flourchild20 Newbie

    ty joe for the advise

    now I'm off to search for natural charcoal.
  9. Charcoal goes on the lower grate in the side firebox, the upper grate is for grilling in the sidebox.

  10. flourchild20

    flourchild20 Newbie

    hi mike

    ty for the advice  tips and tricks I'm going to try and smoke a pork shoulder tonite and the operative word is try lol
  11. phatbac

    phatbac Master of the Pit

    If you are going to light a wood fire there is nothing wrong with briquettes, but if charcoal is your main heat source i like lump Royal Oak.

    I usually burn a wood fire so i use RO briqs or kingsford whatever is cheaper to start my fire. I also use a charcoal basket to get it going and keep me with a small hot fire in the firebox. Here are pics of the process...

    Hope this helps,

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