overheating in my new smoker

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by vicki l e, Jul 29, 2015.

  1. vicki l e

    vicki l e Newbie

    I just purchased a Masterbuilt smoker and have a load of salmon in that I want to smoke at 200 degrees.

    at the lowest setting the temperature shoots up past 350.  I want to smoke my fish not fry it!

    Does anyone have any suggestions please!
  2. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Do you have a waterpan or some other heat diffuser?
  3. Vicki is it a gas or electric smoker?
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You probably need a low pressure regulator for the tank and a needle valve to adjust the propane flow lower.... ALSO, drilling holes around the top of the side walls and the bottom of the side walls, using a step drill, helps the air flow.... I recommend 8 - 3/4-1" holes around the top and 4-3/4-1" holes around the bottom for starters....

    From the factory, they are a poorly designed smoker.... There are mods listed on this forum.... try the search bar at the top of the page .... try "Masterbuilt propane mods" as a search term.... then expand from there....

    ...click on this link...
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2015
  5. dwhite1031

    dwhite1031 Smoke Blower

    I had high temperature issues in my new CharBroil verticle smoker. I followed the advice of many here & added a needle valve to control the propane flow & the burner flame. Made all the difference in the world!
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2015
  6. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dave's above comments are dead on.  There are lots of discussions regarding doing the needle valve mod, etc.

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