First smoke

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by yardbird, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. yardbird

    yardbird Meat Mopper

    Seasoned my Smoke Hollow #6 last week but had to cover it up and wait for weather to pass. Today is 42 degrees but 25 mph wind. Smoker is in the lee of the house, but I put a short windbreak around the bottom of the smoker anyways.

    Using the ET-732. I stuck a meatloaf in and it looks like my door thermometer is reading 190 while the ET probe says it's fairly steady at 240 inside the smoker. Temperature adjustment is VERY sensitive. I'm still trying to get it to settle in at around 230-235, but it is up over 240 right now. If I just TOUCH the gas control the temp drops below 230, but it takes several minutes. I'm guessing I am seeing the effect of the water in the water pan coming to temp (I filled it with hot water from the tea kettle so it didn't start cold) and also from sticking a 3 pound meatloaf in there that was still quite cold.

    Using Hickory for the meatloaf. When it's done I have a couple of 5 pound roasting chickens in brine waiting to be next for the "sauna". :)  For those I'll switch to apple (I don't have any pecan.... just hickory and apple right now).

    So in terms of the smoker itself, temp control is fiddly on the low end here. Hoping it's a little easier when I turn it up a bit for the chickens. I have nice TBS with just a handful of chips to start out and 2 chunks that are about 3/4 of a fist in size.

    I'll post abut the actual smoke in the appropriate forums.
  2. smokinal

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

    Sounds like a great start!
  3. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

  4. yardbird

    yardbird Meat Mopper

    OK... pic of smoker. :)  I had to erect a better windbreak. I was watching temps swing from 190 to 277 [​IMG]

    The first hour and 45 minutes of this smoke and the learning curve is biting me hard... hehehe. Hopefully this heavier and taller windbreak will help and the meatloaf will forgive me.


    Nice to have a couple sections of solid core door hangin around. They're pretty heavy.

    Crossing fingers that this works....
  5. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks like you are off and running 

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