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Howdy I live in western Washington I bought a smokey mountain smoker.i smoked some ribs but found it hard to keep the temp. Up I'm thinking I had to much water in bowl as I filled it full with our weather . I started with around 50 charcoals ended up adding 25 more but still couldn't get up to 240 250 on the temp . Having all the vents open could only get up to 180 190 . So I think this weekend I'm try 1/4 pan of water see if that helps bring up the temp any ideas ? Thanks
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You might try a blanket over your smoker or place it out of any drafty area`s.. Welcome to SMF good to have you with us..

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welcome1.gif to SMF!!! We're happy you found us! You've come to the right place, we have over 50,000 members who just love to share their experience and over 900,000 posts describing it!

The search bar at the top can be your best friend when you are trying to find answers to your questions but you can still ask too if you want!

We have an Articles section that is full of great information about smoking to include a lot of recipes and instructionals. Check it out there is a lot to learn in there!

You might want to check out Jeff's Free 5 day E-Course, it will teach you all the basics plus a whole lot more!

Try filling your water pan with sand or pea gravel, it will hold temps a lot better. Water can't go above 212* so anything above that and it is just sucking all the temp out of the air. If you still want some water for humidity or to catch drippings you can put another pan right on top of the sand pan for some water.
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Hello and welcome to SMF! Be sure to keep track of what changes you make to finally achieve your temp. 

post #5 of 8
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Yes I will be keeping a log of temps woods charcoal weather
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Welcome to the forums!  Glad you've joined us.  You've found a great place to learn and share ideas on our favorite pastimes...grilling, smoking, and curing great food!  There are lots of friendly and knowledgeable folks here who really enjoy helping one another.  Just ask any time you need help and you'll get plenty!

Red

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I have a question looking for help I am gonna smoke a brisket and a pork butt on a SMS does that seem ok I'm new to this so any tips would be appreciated thanks
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