Just got a master forge charcoal smoker for my birthday in Feb. Have used it twice. once to make some jerk and another to smoke a chicken. Had a few problem with it on the chicken, mainly that i could not keep the temp up to where it need to be. My have found some of the problems just by reading on here
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Not sure where you are on your research but best advice I have found is do chicken around 300 to get crisper skin.. Remember, exhaust fully open, control the fire with the firebox dampers.
Leave the firebox vents fully open until the fire is well lit and your smoke chamber is maybe 350 degrees. Load the smoker and let the smoke chamber temps even out. Close down the firebox dampers to bring your smoke chamber temps to 300.
One advantage of a charcoal burner is that they burn pretty clean.
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Is it the bullet type smoker with water pan? You build a fire in the bottom, then the water pan goes on and then the grates? And you are sure they don't have a little butter fly valve on the bottom of the smoker. Does it have a door access to the fire pan?
Yea, I'll have to check my Brinkmans I just don't remember if they are baffled or not. You do need to find a way to control the amount of air entering the fire pan area. Maybe someone with your smoker will jump in with more experienced advice for that smoker
I have been doing some playing around with my smoker this morning and I have found out the the temp does indeed run around 40 degree hotter then the gauge says. I do have a probe therm that I will use from now on the check the temps in the smoker. Also was playing around with closing off the hole in the bottom of the smoker to control the airflow, that does seem to help some. I just need to figure out how much and and a good way to control it.
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