Temperature control ona bullet smoker

Discussion in 'Pork' started by tommythis, May 29, 2010.

  1. Good afternoon from England

    Just bought myself a bullet smoker and i am not too clear on temperature control.

    Will having the top vent full open increase or lower temperature ?

  2. indyadmin1974

    indyadmin1974 Smoking Fanatic

    Cheers Tommy!

    What kind of bullet smoker do you have?

    You normally want to have the top vent open all the way.

    To answer your question though, closing dampers lowers the temp and opening them up increases the temp.

    Depending on what you have, you should have vents around the bottom.  Start adjusting those first and if you have to, make small adjustments to the top if you end up closing all the bottom vents.

    For each adjustment, wait 10-15 minutes for the smoker to settle down.

    It's also much easier to start closing off vents as the smoker gets to 200°F / 93°C.  Then you can make the adjustments to get the smoker to 225-250°F / 107°C.

    In other words, it's easier to bring the smoker up to a temp than down to a temp.
  3. Thanks for your reply

    So "open" means hotter whether it's top or bottom ?
    Last edited: May 29, 2010
  4. flbobecu

    flbobecu Smoking Fanatic

    That's correct. By closing it, more and more, you will be decreasing the temps. 

    Good luck!
  5. Thanks chaps , I've a lot to learn.

    Regarding the make its  a Pro Q ?

    Bullet smoker two chambers 3 vent on the bottom one on the top

    Last edited: May 29, 2010
  6. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Of course if you smoker vents it smoke out that top vent only. Then you want it open, otherwise it could choke off your fire.
  7. flbobecu

    flbobecu Smoking Fanatic

    Saw 'em on eBay - looks like a quality piece. Congrats!

    Any pictures of the fire ring/bowl where the charcoal goes? 
  8. treegje

    treegje Master of the Pit

    Hi Tommy

    I also have a Q Pro, And have never closed the top vents

    The top vent should remain would always open during smoking, Temperature control is done with the lower vents.

    As has been mentioned here, open hotter ,Close is cooler

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