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Dialing in a Master Forge Double Door

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Hey guys......just threw a roast in my MF.......i went through a bit of a process to see if i can dial it in fairly easily - now i should let you know that im very new (second smoke) - ive added a couple mods to my forge (rope sealed the doors and replaced the crappy non-functioning thermo on the door with a quasi-working thermo off an old q i have here) so this is what i did to dial in my forge - took about a half hour.  couple other things - i have an oven thermo in the box and i also have a single probe digital thermo i use in the meat (will be getting a better one later)

 

 

First of all ALWAYS start with a clean rig (safety and to get proper temps)

 

so i removed the wood box and the water pan - fired up the forge to preheat a bit - while the box is heating up i started prep stuff like line the water tray with foil and drain the wood chips i had soaking

 

temp on the oven thermo is reading about 300 at this point on the door its reading 250 - 50 degree difference - ok - so i add some chips to the wood box and put the box in the forge and string out the digital thermo to get a better idea of whats going on with the temps.  let the digital settle and its reading about 325 - ok - 25 degree difference from the oven thermo and 75 degree difference from the door - while waiting for the smoke to start up i put water in the water pan and have a cigarette (if you dont smoke you can skip the cigarette).

 

once the smoke started i added the water pan and watched the digital plummet - it stabilizes at about 240 - door thermo dropped to about 175 - ok 65 degree difference - not bad - so while waiting for the smoke to start again i go grab the roast and have another smoke (yes i smoke alot) - now the unit is smoking a bit - temp is still about 240....time to dial it down a bit.  Top vent is open full - side vents were closed so i start on the right side and open the right vent a little.....temp drops a few degrees - still need a little more for this roast so i open the right vent a bit more - temp drops a few more degrees - open the right vent open full - temp is still about 235 - door thermo is reading about 180ish at this point .....acceptable....put the roast in - digital thermo goes in the roast close up the door and wait for temps to stabilize again......roast drops the temp a few degrees which is ok still in acceptable range

 

 

i dunno if this is gonna help anyone but if it does im glad to help

post #2 of 6

smoke on!  where are the pics?!

 

post #3 of 6
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haha you saw the pics ive got so far - i just thought id try to help out some of the forge owners figure out their rig a little easier

post #4 of 6

all info is good info!

post #5 of 6

Terry,

 

What amount of soaked chips do you use?

 

Radar

post #6 of 6
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i line the bottom of the tray so as to avoid creating hot spots in the wood box

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