Need more heat

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by jeff1028, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. jeff1028

    jeff1028 Newbie

    I have a Brinkmann vertical smoker (charcoal) and can't seem to keep it hot. As I'm real new to this, can somebody pls give me a quick rundown on the basics.

  2. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    first it a ecb?
    like this?
  3. jeff1028

    jeff1028 Newbie

    its this one, just did some more reading, gonna maybe try and put some lump charcoal in the bottom as well...?[​IMG]
  4. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    first off......make sure you use the water pan..........
    i use royal oak for and lasts longer than least in MY werld..........
    if it has a top vent.......keep it WIDE open during the entire smoke
    you adjust heat with bottom vents if you have em want to keep a steady temp of 225-250........

    if you are doing poultry.....350 ........will crisp up the skin.......chicken doens't need low and slow.........i sugest you sign up for Jeff's 5 day e-mail will REALLY give you basic can be applied to MANY smoking apps.

    there are ALOT of others here will give you much better advice is just to get you started

  5. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    I think if I remember right that one had a little tiny coal and wood pan. Someone aound here used a coffee can with holes in it or a cast iron skillet to hold more coals at a time. Hopefully someone that actually has the smoker will show up soon - I'm going by memory.
  6. wavector

    wavector Smoking Fanatic

  7. vlap

    vlap Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    With this model try drilling some 1/4" holes in the bottom of the charcoal pan. this allows a better airflow. It also allows some of the ash to fall out so the coals don't get choked out. The cowboy lump was what I used along with chunks of hickory.
    I have the same model you have and with the holes I was able to get it smoking hot and produced good food.

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