Please help! Smoker issues.

Discussion in 'For New Members' started by bgmac60, Sep 5, 2016.

  1. bgmac60

    bgmac60 Newbie

    I have a 2 door Masterbuilt propane smoker.  The first 4-5 times I used it it was great.  The first problem I had was the flames/burner was giving off a heavy black soot or creosote that covered the meat and ruined it.  I continued to struggle with the problem on 3-4 test runs.  I completely cleaned the burner and that didn't work.  I changed out the regulator and that didn't work either.  The only thing that did work was to keep the burner as low as it will go and then the smoker struggles to get to 225.  What am I doing wrong?
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sounds like an air flow issue. Do you have the vents open? Unless it's super windy I leave all my vents completely open.
  3. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Is your flame blue or yellowish?
  4. davidhef88

    davidhef88 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Make sure the tube going to the burner doesn't have a spider web in it
  5. Hello.  The guys are RIGHT ON.  Anytime you are burning a gas ( butane, propane, acetylene, or natural ) without proper oxygen flow you get black sooty smoke.  Keep Smokin!

  6. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Just an FYI for gassers, I always leave the hose connected to the tank to keep critters from entering the appliance end fitting.
  7. pcjack

    pcjack Smoke Blower

    Welcome to the smoke club!

    Any time you have a sooty flame, it's almost always an air intake issue or clogging in the burner or hose. That has been my experience. Keep studying the posts here, you will find a LOT of great people with solid suggestions. You will not find a more inviting group of people sharing ideas and helping others.

    Good luck!

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