First Smoke Was A Success!!

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by solar, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. solar

    solar Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Yeah for me, [​IMG]

    I started today with my upgraded SnP doing a "dry run" but later I decided it was wrong not to have some sort of meat on it.
    I noticed that my temps on the left (240°) were about 40° higher than on the right side (about 200°), I need to close off my baffle more, either way, I couldn't let all that good heat go to waste.

    I made 2 BCC (fryers) with lemon slices covered in pepper and put between the skin and the meat on each one, then covered in olive oil, and a crushed garlic clove in the beer can. It took about 5 hours to complete but they turned out awesome!! [​IMG]

    As you can see one of them didn't last long, it never made it to the table.[​IMG] but my girlfriend did a great job making some kick butt chicken salad from the scraps. [​IMG]

    Even though the temps on each side were off, I still had no problem maintaining a constent heat. Once I fix the baffle I think I'll be ready to go.
  2. smoking gun

    smoking gun Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Those are some nice looking birds there. I think if you had laid that cookie sheet across the drum, above the connection to the firebox, and let the heat come up more towards the center you'd get more even heat. I don't know how long it would last though. I just invert my charcoal tray and seal the firebox end with heavy duty foil for now. I have a cast iron plate that will be about perfect but it's a little too long. I need to get it cut off about an inch and a half. Any experience cutting cast iron? It's about 3/8" thick.
  3. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well done, sir! Bravo!
  4. solar

    solar Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Richtee , thanks for the props!!

    Smoking gun, are you talking about extending the cookie sheet from the baffle along the bottom? I'm thinking the same thing; and I'm going to cut some curved panels to cover the gaps around where the baffle meets the firebox.
  5. smoking gun

    smoking gun Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    You have to have an inverted channel for the heat to flow thru. The heat naturally wants to rise and you cannot force it down to the bottom without forced airflow. you can probably use the search on this forum and find mods for your smoker. Look at those and you can get some Ideas on how you want to modify yours. My friend took a piece of 4" channel iron turned the channed down then started about 12" out and drilled a hole about every 12 inches starting at 1" hole size and ending up at 2". Of course his main chamber is 6 feet long and his firebox is a fisher woodstove. lol. I think you could make something similar and it would work fine.
  6. solar

    solar Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the info, I see where you're coming from, I'm going to "seal" up my baffle and see where I am after that, and use your info if needed.

    Even though I had some off set temps, I was still able to keep the temps consent for over 5 hours and produced some pretty good BCC. [​IMG]
  7. cman95

    cman95 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Good looking yardbirds you have there. [​IMG]

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