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post #1 of 18
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Been smokin for about a year currently have a master forge vertical smoker. Really like to try anything from ribs to fish and pork butt. Cant seem to develop a good smoke ring. I use my apple and peach tree for wood. Any help would be greatly received!
Edited by zerohero - 7/4/13 at 2:13pm
post #2 of 18
Welcome to SMF. Is your MF electric, propane, or charcoal?
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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!

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Good question David! If it's electric you won't get a smoke ring, but no big deal you can't taste the ring anyway!

post #4 of 18

Welcome aboard

post #5 of 18

Welcome fellow Coloradan. I too have a Master Forge smoker. You joined a great forum full of great recipes, interesting ideas, and tons of helpful members.

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post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. My smoker is a propane but can also use charcoal which I've been thinking about using. Thanks for the tip on electric never knew you couldn't get a smoke ring with them.
post #8 of 18
Not sure why you're not getting a ring. I always get a great ring with my MF. Not sure if you have done any mods to your unit. Here is a link to some mods I have done to mine to make it run much more efficiently.
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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!



post #11 of 18
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@davidheff88 I only filled my water pan with play sand to help maintain temp. I tried putting on a rope gasket but after a couple uses it just fell off. With the smoke ring problem, Maybe its the amount of wood I put in there? I usually put 4 or 5. 1 inch by 2 in round wood chunks in a total of 3 times. Maybe just do one or two big piles instead of spreading it out? Also gonna ask if you've experimented with using charcoal in it how it came out.
post #12 of 18
I haven't tried any charcoal. I usually add 2-3 of the same size chunks every hour for the entire time I'm cooking. I got my gasket from a fire place store. It has a self-stick backing on it. I have had it on over two years with no problem.
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Glad to have you here

post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 

good to know. we dont have any local fireplace supplies stores here in the small town of pueblo... but thats what the great wide web is for. ive been thinking about a rubber gasket. seems like it would be a better seal.

post #15 of 18

Ace carries fireplace gaskets and hi-temp sealer

post #16 of 18
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@boardpuller. Right on had no idea ive never actually been into Ace. ill go check that out! is there any gasket that i should get over the other??

post #17 of 18
The flat self stick one I have works great. If you get too thick you may have trouble latching the doors which would require a mod to the latch mounts on the unit.
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I tried the self stick on a fire box didn't hold To hot had to use gasket sealer should work on a CLEAN door.

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