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hello friends. i have just purchased a new brinkmann vertical smoker. this is the first smoker i have purchased so this is a learning experence.  the smoker i have is the double door with the round coal and water pans its also got two cooking trays. i started cureing it (i beleive thats the right term). now this is where my problem has come in. i followed the directions and sprayed the inside lightly with cooking spray. i used the quick light charcoal which i found out later was probably not the best to use. i did not use any wood or water. when i first started the fire the temp rose to around 350-400 .within the hour it droped to 130-150 and i could not get it to come back up. i read a few posts from other people with the same problems and i drilled about 6 or 8 holes in the coal pan and tried again still the same results. i noticed that the pan does sit above the vents so i just sat the pan on the bottom of the smoker and opened them all the way up and still no improvements. from what i have read i need to keep it around 225 to cook most things. what else can i do? will it be different if i use wood with the coal? also its about 60 degrees here in tn. any advice would be greatly appreciated.                                              thank you in advance    justin  

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Hello Justin and welcome1.gifto SMF - glad to have you here and one of the guys with the same smoker will be along to help in a bit.

 

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hello friends. i have just purchased a new brinkmann vertical smoker. this is the first smoker i have purchased so this is a learning experence.  the smoker i have is the double door with the round coal and water pans its also got two cooking trays. i started cureing it (i beleive thats the right term). now this is where my problem has come in. i followed the directions and sprayed the inside lightly with cooking spray.

 

i used the quick light charcoal which i found out later was probably not the best to use. Right on !!!

 

i did not use any wood or water. Wood,  would have been a good idea to add for building up the coating along with the oil...

 

when i first started the fire the temp rose to around 350-400 .within the hour it droped to 130-150 and i could not get it to come back up.

 

i read a few posts from other people with the same problems and i drilled about 6 or 8 holes in the coal pan and tried again still the same results. i noticed that the pan does sit above the vents so i just sat the pan on the bottom of the smoker and opened them all the way up and still no improvements. The charcoal pan needs air to burn.... it needs to be elevated so air can encircle the charcoal and ash can fall out the bottom...  The pan needs lots of air holes, big air holes... some folks have installed a item similar to these... http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/products/category/charcoal-basket

 

from what i have read i need to keep it around 225 to cook most things. what else can i do? will it be different if i use wood with the coal? also its about 60 degrees here in tn. any advice would be greatly appreciated.                                              thank you in advance    justin  

 

 

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Hello and welcome to SMF! Lots of great folks and info here!

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