My name is Tony and I'm new to the site and to smoking meats. A little background about me, I live in Charlotte, NC but am origionally from PA. I'm an environmental scientist for a consulting firm and have been living in the CLT area for about 4 years. I was a line cook for about 10 years before I finished school, so I have a pretty decent cooking background. As for my grill I have a Char-Griller Duo with the side fire box. I'm pleased to make all of your aquaintances.
Does anyone have the Char-Griller Duo? I tried a test run a few days ago with the SFB and smoking some brats. I used charcoal and soaked mesquite chips in water. I got the charcoal started and got them nice and hot and added them to the SFB. I let them go for a while and checked the temp on the built in grill thermo and it was around 170. I opened the vents to try and get some more temp and it reached about 200. That was as hot as I could get it. This was the first time I have tried smoking anything. From the reading I've done temps should be between 200 and 250 but I could barely get mine to 200. Does anyone have some tips or tricks? I feel like I'm missing a step or something. Any help would be greatly appreciated.