My name is Ray..........you can call me..????..... Anyway, I have been grilling for sometime now and I have gotten fairly good at it. I actually built my grill island from scratch. I was a member of the Bar-B-Q's Galore forum on Grill Island construction and it was just terrific. The forum support group could answer just about any question you could imagine. With their help, my island turned out great, even though it was the first time I ever attempted working with steel studs.
So now I am just starting this smoking thing. I tried using a smoker box with my grill and it did not work very well. I purchased a MasterForge electric smoker from Lowe's and it was a piece of junk (plastic junk no less.) I returned it and for Father's Day I got a Masterbuilt propane smoker. The issue I am having with it is that I can't get the temperature of the unit below 275 degrees. I have the vents totally open and the gas turned down, as far as, it goes, but it still is too high. I did not trust the built in thermometer, because I read a bunch of comments about how inaccurate it is. Turns out, mine is pretty accurate. Any help anyone can give me would really be appreciated.
By the way, I must comment on the customer support from Masterbuilt. They are really fabulous. When I called about my problem, they immediately said they would send out a new burner.valve assembly and were extremely helpful. They did tell me that the gas smokers have a hard time getting below 200. Is that really true? I really think smoking should be a slow cooking process, but maybe I am wrong about that. The recipes in the manual call for 200 degrees, and thus my call to Masterbuilt. I hope you folks can help me out with this one. BTW, my smoker is the double door, model 20051311. I already bought the cast iron pan to use instead of the smoker box that comes with it which was suggested in one of these other posts ( See, I am learning already ;-)