Saturday, Saturday, Saturday the "Spring is almost here" smoke session....

Discussion in 'Side Fire Box' started by clemsonmike323, Mar 13, 2014.

  1. Well, I got to be honest with you guys. I'm hooked worse than a bass fish on a #4 Gamakatsu.

    So I started out last year with a El Cheapo SFB Char-griller. Amazingly enough I ended up figuring that thing out and cooked some really delicious stuff on that thing. Well then this happened.

    Found out my father in law had built a massive gas smoker mounted on a trailer about 15 years ago. He proceeded to pull it to my house and give it to me. Now I have a new smoker to master. She is in desperate need of a paint job, but that's the least of my worries. The craftsmanship he put in this thing is absolutely tremendous. There's only one problem I have with it, and I think it's the reason my food turned out very bland last weekend. The thing has 2 smokestacks. One on the opposite end of the firebox, and one DIRECTLY OVER THE FIREBOX. Since smoke has a natural tendency to want to go up, I'm guessing I lose 90% of my smoke flavor out of that first smokestack last week. So alas, the redneck engineering has taken over. I have now stuffed that smokestack slap full with tinfoil. I'm hoping this will improve the flavor this week. If I can figure out how to do Qview, I'll post a pic of the smoker here in a few.

    Also I think I learned that with gas, apple is way too mild of a wood to be using alone (losing most of the smoke aside.) I think this weekend we're going to try a bit of a different approach. What do you guys think?

    This weekends menu:
    2 8lb+ Boston Butts
    2 Racks Spare Ribs
    1 10lb bag leg quarters

    Got to have plenty of food for celebrating Sunday after Jr wears 'em out at Bristol.......
     
  2. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Hope you learn how to post Qview.
     
  3. Here is a side view of the smoker. Notice the smokestack on the right. That's directly over the firebox.

    You can see the fire on the lower right.

    And here is the butt that came off last week. Again, pretty just bland.
     
  4. dish

    dish Meat Mopper Group Lead

    If I were you I'd saw zaw that smoke stack off over the firebox and bolt a steel plate over the hole to start.  Is there a vent on the side of the firebox?  Below were the wood or charcoal burns?
     

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