Smoker Heat/Time Test - Weak QVIEW

Discussion in 'Beef' started by m1tanker78, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. m1tanker78

    m1tanker78 Meat Mopper

    I guess I should begin with a little background. I have a homemade vertical smoker. There's a pic of it below. I'm trying to lengthen the burn time of charcoal briquettes so that eventually I can do an all-nighter with nothing but charcoal.


    I wanted to test and document how long my smoker would burn briquettes and what temps I would see at a certain height throughout the burn. For this test, I chose level 3 of the smoker (3rd shelf up from the bottom). Level 3 is 16" up from the charcoal pan.

    Of course, I wasn't going to let all that smoke and heat go to waste so I got me a couple pounds of beef ribs and a medium-large potato [​IMG] . I set a couple of ground rules for myself. 1: No touching or moving the ribs - even if they burned. 2: Turn off the cell phone, have some ice cold brews within easy reach, light up a cigar, and put my little radio on a country station [​IMG] .

    In a nutshell, I put about 15 pounds of briquettes into the coal pan and left a trough in the front for hot coals to begin the creeping burn toward the back side. One thing to note is that I didn't have enough Kingsford on hand so I had to use the cheaper HEB brand briquettes. Remember, I wasn't allowed to move the ribs lower/higher so I was at the mercy of the smoker.

    18:50 - put hot coals into trough
    20:45 - 250*
    21:20 - 350*
    21:45 - 350*
    22:05 - 325*
    22:45 - 285*
    23:15 - 250*
    23:45 - 230*
    00:05 - 215*

    Needless to say, a water pan or some sort of buffer would have been beneficial here. I got around 5+ hours of cookable heat and a never-ending supply of the coveted TBS. I thought the ribs had burned beyond recognition - was going to feed 'em to the neighbor's dogs. I pulled the ribs out of the smoker at around 22:40 and let 'em rest for about 30 minutes. Although they were a bit charred on the outside, they were actually very tender and I ended-up eating them all plus half of the potato.......

    Thanks for watching


  2. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Ever used the lump type charcoal? Altho, you got pretty good results with the bricks too... nice work!

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