What am I doing wrong? (temp control question)

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by fastalkintn, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. I've got a smoke hollow 4-1 with extended chimney and charcoal basket. I put 1 chimney of unlit charcoal in the basket tightly stacked on one end. I lite 12 bricquets and let them ash over then put them in one corner of my unlit charcoal, neatly stacked. Exhaust 3/4 open firebox damper oly 1/4 open, when temp reaches 200 I close damper fully. Temp will not stop climbing and within 30 minutes almost all charcoal is lit. Using kings ford blue. Any advice on how to slow it down?
  2. ellymae

    ellymae Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It seems you've got air getting in somewhere else... any pictures?
  3. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Fasttalker... send Q-view of what your "Damper" is... the exhaust should bee "Fully Open" at all times , when cooking. Control the heat with the intake at the FB. Seems odd the coals would burn in 30min. Maybe 1/4 open was too much air, my sticker runs with my intake almost closed, 45min. is my usual feeding time ; your Fire Basket should run several hours untouched...

    There will be more Charcoal Basket Burners soon and can help you more. I'm just an old Stickburner...[​IMG].

    Hope you get an answer . . .
  4. Here is my smoker

    My damper on the fire box. Fully shut but temp is still climbing.

    And the starter chimney I use. I had to take charcoal out of my fire box so I put it back n here.
  5. ellymae

    ellymae Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    And there is no connection between the right and left side of your cooker?

    When you are smoking, is there any smoke coming out anywhere besides the chimney?
  6. You are correct, no connection between sides. I do have some leaking around the lids but otherwise I've got her pretty air tight.
  7. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

      Hi Fast. It looks like you have serious air leaks around the firebox door. Even with the damper closed there is plenty air getting in to 'fan the flames'.  My sfb is similar and I close damper as the desired cooking temp nears . Even with the charcoal basket, I find that the briquettes light and burn faster than lump charcoal.  Try filling basket with lump and light 8-10 briquettes in the chimney and add them to the edge of the basket. As the lump lites, close the damper completely. This should help but if it still burns too hot and fast, try sealing the firebox door better. Hope this helps some.


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