Originally Posted by Smokin Tim
I have an Oklahoma Joe horizontal smoker and am having trouble getting a fairly consistent temperature. I have to constantly open the firebox door and then temp drops, so I then shut the box but the temp spikes back up too high so I open it up until temp drops again. I am having to do this too much. What am I doing wrong?? I fill my chimney with charcoal till white, then I put them in firebox along with a little wood.
Thank you for any suggestions...........Smokin' Tim...
Well Tim, I'd would start by looking at how you have your dampers set up. Basically, your far end damper will control your airflow which in turn, controls your temp. Leave the far end damper full open and control the temps with the firebox damper. Next, get a heat baffle plate. This will distribute the heat and smoke throughout the cooking chamber. You may have noticed that your OKJ is hotter on the firebox side than the far end. A baffle plate will eliminate this. Lastly, charcoal briquettes burn hot so try Lump Charcoal. Far less ash to clean out which means less rust. If you really want a more thorough temp monitoring system, the OKJ has an additional thermometer port so purchase one and install. That should give you a pretty good window into what's going on in your cooking chamber. I've added 2 additional thermometers at grate level so I have 4 on my OKJ.