Hello friends- Need some help with my Brinkmann Trailmaster LE. I have 4 smokes under my belt with this thing and I problem I am running into I can NOT keep the heat up. Here is what I am doing. Chimney starter full of Royal Oak burning good goes in a charcoal basket. Heat starts to rise and I throw on a couple of 6 inch half splits of a hardwood. I am lucky to get thing above 225 degrees with what I am doing. Now if I take my handy propane torch and catch the logs on fire the heat sky rockets! Do I want the logs in the side fire box to be on fire like a fireplace and then regulate the heat with the dampners? Any help would be appreciated as I am losing hope on this new purchase. Thanks- Snowbuck
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I have the same smoker, had it about 3 or 4 weeks now. Are you using a charcoal basket? Oh ya just saw you are.I built one and it really helps. I made it 12" x 12" x 6". I put maybe 2 full chimneys of unlit charcoal in it, I then light about 3/4 of a chimney full of charcoal and put it on top as close to the smoking chamber as possible. I can get it up to 300, I get 4 or 5 hours of burn time this way at 250 degrees. If I use sticks I use 3/4 chimney of lit charcoal and get a good bed of hot coals then put on about 2 or 3 sticks of wood. I can get it up to 350, 400 easy, at 250 degrees I add 1 piece of wood, maybe 3" around by 6" long maybe every hour or so.
I have both dampeners wide open tell I get to the temp I want then start shutting down the intake dampener on the fire box tell it burns steady. I have it open maybe 1/8 of an inch by the time I'm done farting around with it and she burns great. I leave the chimney one wide open.
Does your fire go out or is it just not burning hot enough?
I did about 6 trail burns before I smoked anything on mine, just to try n get the feel for it and see what worked the best for me. In fact, today was my first smoke on it and it went great. Did 2 chickens, didn't have any logs left so just used the little fist size pieces of wood and some kingsford I had laying around and I only had to add wood for smoke twice, 3 pieces each time in 3 and a half hours, heck it held at 230 for an hour and a half after I was done with the birds.
Sorry such a long reply but hopes it helps.
Sorry guys, I had to fall off the grid for a while and take care of some stuff. Thanks for the replys! Here is a picture of the charcoal box that I made the measurements are appx. 12x12x6. The fire does not go out, I just can not for the life of me get this thing hot enough. I will try you techniques Tallon and see if that help. I am getting pretty disappointed with thing right now. Thanks for the help, any other tips or suggestions are welcomed and appreciated!! Buck