Hello from Australia!

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by ozdave, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. ozdave

    ozdave Newbie

    G'day from Australia!

    well after enjoying texas style smoked ribs for many years at my favourite haunt in London (Bodeans!) I finally got myself a smoker to do my own after moving back home to sunny Brisbane in Australia.

    I started off cheap to get myself into it and picked up a gas one very similar to this, however it doesnt have the vents in the side and top, it only has one in the back at the top.


    So far its going ok but not great and I am still trying to get the art down pat. Wings are great but my ribs are not getting really nice and tender but I think that its 2 problems that I have.

    1. I havent found a good butcher here that I can get nice baby back ribs from that are nice and meaty like you guys in the states get! The hunt continues for this one.
    2. it also runs a bit hot. When its full of food I can get the temp down to about 200 - 225 ok but once I take the wings out, it just gets to just over 250 - 270

    I've tried running it lower that the low setting on the dial but if I do this then the smoke tin doesnt get hot enough to make the chips smoke.

    Any one else that has found a similar problem with some advice would be much appreciated a few ideas I have to get it cooler

    1. Cut another vent in it. If I do this where would be the best place for it? on top or down the bottom like the one in the picture above?
    2. Change the tin for a thinner one (and move it closer to the flame) so that on the lower than "LOW" setting on the dial will give me some smoke. I tried with an foil tray and this actually worked well but eventually the foil burnt through and I ended up with a big mess!

    Looking forward to getting this right!

  2. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF, Dave. Glad you joined us.
  3. waysideranch

    waysideranch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome Dave.
  4. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    G'day from all us at smf nice to have ya drop in.
    you will like it here lots of great people who like to help& share their ideas.[​IMG]
  5. ozdave

    ozdave Newbie

    thanks for the welcome all! looks like a great forum with loads of useful information :)
  6. ol' smokey

    ol' smokey Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF, Dave. Glad to have you onboard with us.
  7. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the forum. Glad to have you aboard.
  8. cheapchalee

    cheapchalee Smoking Fanatic

    Dave, not familiar with your type of smoker, but I have a couple of suggestions that might work for you. (1) Get a stainless steel plate and set it as close to the burner as possible to put the wood in. (2) If you have access to some steel and a welder, make you a little pan. (3) Use a coffee can to put your chips in and maybe put some tin foil over the top of it and poke some small holes in it. There was a thread about this within the last week or so. Time to go home when I get there I'll see if I can find it for you.

  9. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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  10. treegje

    treegje Master of the Pit

    Welcome to the SMF David,We are glad to have you onboard
  11. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    David comes from the land down under, maybe we can get him to smoke some vegemite in a fattie or something [​IMG]

    Welcome to the site David, happy smokes.
  12. chef jeff tx

    chef jeff tx Smoking Fanatic

    Howdy & welcome!!
  13. bandcollector

    bandcollector Master of the Pit OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Welcome from Pittsburgh, PA.........you have come to the right place!
  14. warthog

    warthog Smoking Fanatic

    Welcome to the SMF. Enjoy your stay!
  15. From one 'new guy' to another - Welcome to the Forums. My advice is to keep reading...if' there's a solution, the kind people on the forums will find it for you! There's a ton of info in here...

  16. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Dave, for your temperature problems do a search for needle valve mod.
  17. marknb

    marknb Meat Mopper

    Hey Dave,

    Welcome from New Brunswick, Canada! This place is great, full of excellent info, and really great people too. On all the other discussion forums I've been a member of (motorcycles, hunting/shooting, Sat TV, etc) there always seem to be a few jerks. Well none here, mon frere. Unless, of course, its me thats the jerk and thats why it appears to me there aren't any here.....hm.....

    Have a look at the forum sections you have interests in, in this case your gas powered smoker. There's always a 'sticky' at the top of each section full of modifications, tips, recipes, all good stuff.

  18. etcher1

    etcher1 Master of the Pit

    Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
  19. triplebq

    triplebq Smoking Fanatic

    Welcome to SMF . Be sure to learn Qview and take the 5 Day eCourse !
  20. ozdave

    ozdave Newbie

    Thanks for your welcoming all. Have checked out the stickies and have a few ideas to try out.

    Debating whether to cut a new vent in the bottom side first or to try the coffee tin and bring it closer to the burner to get smoke at the lower flame. Might try the coffee tin as its less work for now!

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