trouble maintaining consistent temps

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by smokinnoob, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. smokinnoob

    smokinnoob Newbie

    Hey there I have a Master Forge two door 36" propane smoker.  I am having a difficult time maintaining a consistent temp.. I have a Maverick et 732 so the readings are accurate.  I was able to get a solid 225-230 when heating it up and as soon as the chips and chunks started to smoke I added the chops.  I expected the drop in temp, but I couldn't get it back up...SOOO I increased the temp got it about where I needed and then the chips and chunks would catch flame so I just had to keep going back and forth increase decrease, open vents close vents trying to get back to a solid temp.  The weather didn't change and no wind.  I used the water pan (hot water), chips to get it going and chunks to maintain smoke, medium on the gas knob.  Any ideas or help would be great.
  2. smokinnoob

    smokinnoob Newbie

    Despite bad temp control they turned out great


    Nice and juicy great smokey flavor.


    Sorry such bad pics (cell phone)

    Thanks for looking and posting
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Practice makes perfect, after a few smokes the temp thing will become easier. You just have to learn your smoker.
  4. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It looks good from here
  5. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Try wrapping your chips and chunks in aluminum foil. Punch a couple of holes in the foil and see how this affects your smoke.  Not sure how much of a temperature swing you are talking about but don't sweat a 10 to 15 degree swing.

    You may also try some sort of a smoke generator that has an independent flame.  Sounds like the chips are catching when the smoker flame kicks up.

    Good luck and remember as long as you stay close on the smoke chamber temps you'll be fine

  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    The meat looks good to me. Now for you smoker I would almost set it and forget it. I have a couple of gas smokers and they are really easy to control. I would just leave it alone. You get it where you want to and let it go.
  7. smokinnoob

    smokinnoob Newbie

    Sooo what you are all saying is......just smoke a bunch of goodies until I get it right.........Sounds good to me thanks.

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