Trouble keeping heat temp at 220 in the ECB

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by waytoodeep03, Nov 11, 2009.

  1. waytoodeep03

    waytoodeep03 Fire Starter

    I have an ECB and I usually use it with the water pan to allow my meat to be moist and juicy during smoking. However, I have trouble with my temps getting anywhere above 200 in this smoker.

    I use Kingsford charcoal and I use the minion method to light them however my temps are always low.

    Is there any mod that I can do to get the temps 225 -250 consistently?
  2. evo 9 guy

    evo 9 guy Smoke Blower

  3. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  4. raceyb

    raceyb Smoking Fanatic

    Make sure to drop by in Roll Call and introduce yourself and let us know how long you have been smoking and what equipment you use. Welcome to the SMF!
  5. smokeon

    smokeon Smoke Blower

    I would suggest a quality thermometer to be sure you really are not getting that hot. Mine was reading 70 degrees low. And the longer the smoke was on, the less accurate the thermometer was.
  6. guvna

    guvna Smoking Fanatic

    try using lump charcoal. it burns hotter and in my opinion tastes better too. if you like briquettes, use more or make sure that there is sufficient fresh air getting to the fire.
  7. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    And FYI, the water pan does not make your meat moist and juicy. It's just there to act as a heat sink. [​IMG]

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