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HI EVERYONE,MY NAME IS JOHN.

I HAVE BEEN GRILLING MOSTLY WITH GAS UP UNTIL NOW. I JUST PURCHASED MY FIRST SMOKER,A RED STONE SMOKE HOUSE FROM TRACTOR SUPPLY. I TRIED SOME PORK RIBS FOR MY FIRST GO AT IT.THINGS DIDN'T GO SO GOOD. I MADE A ROOKIE MISTAKE BY HAVING WAY TOO MUCH SMOKE(SMOKE VENT ALMOST CLOSED).I DID HAVE ABOOUT 225 F THE WHOLE TIME THOUGH. I WAS USING A MIX OF CHARCOAL AND HICKORY CHUNKS.

THE RIBS LOOKED GOOD BUT WERE BITTER. NOW I KNOW THE SMOKE NEEDS TO KEEP MOVING.

I DID SOME MODS AFTER THAT.

MOVED AND LOWERED STACK CLOSER TO THE COOKING SURFACE

SEALED THE COOK CHAMBER

TURNED MY DRIP TRAY INTO A BAFFLE WHICH  GOES FROM FIREBOX OPENING TO 4" FROM THE OTHER END

I TRIED SOME CHICKEN QUARTERS YESTERDAY

USED LUMP COAL AND SOME CHARCOAL..

I COULDN'T GET ABOVE 190-200 NO MATTER HOW I POSITIONED BOTH VENTS(BOTH WIDE OPEN WAS HOTTEST)TEMP IN FIREBOX WAS ABOUT 600 F .BURNED COATING OFF OF THE FIREBOX !!

AFTER 4 HRS MY MEAT WAS ABOUT 135 F AND WAS IN A PANIC.

I THAN OPENED MY FIREBOX VENT/CLEANOUT DOOR AND PUT A FAN BLOWING LIGHTLY IN THE FIREBOX.,TEMPS WENT UP TO 270-320 DEPENDING ON HOW MUCH I ALLOWED THE FAN TO BLOW IN.

MEAT GOT UP TO 150 F AFTER ANOTHER HOUR,THEN I FINISHED THEM IN MY HOME OVEN INSIDE AT 250 F AFTER 50 MINUTES WITH A FOIL TENT.THEY DID TURN OUT AWESOME ,JUICY ,SMOKEY AND THE SKIN WAS EVEN GOOD.

6 HRS IS WAY TO LONG,AND I BURNED THROUGH ALOT OF LUMP COAL,ABOUT 10 POUNDS AND 5 POUNDS OF CHARCOAL.

DID THE BAFFLE SLOW DOWN MY AIRFLOW? IF SO DO I NEED A LARGER SMOKESTACK  OR LESS BAFFLE?

post #2 of 7

Johnwelcome1.gif

Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions Post it
and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is because their
are so many different ways to make great Q We all have our own taste.

Happy smoken.

David

post #3 of 7

welcome1.gifto SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! I am not familiar with your "smoker"....but some one will chime in soon and help out.

 

You should sign up for Jeff's Free 5 day E-Course, and it's great!  This is chock full of great information....no matter what your experience level might be!

 

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Kat

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Hi John! 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 1,000,000 posts describing it! Yea that’s right over 1,000,000!
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!

Sounds like the baffle blocked the heat flow. Post some pictures of your smoker and the baffle over in the "Charcoal Smokers" forum and I'm sure some of the charcoal guys will be able to help you fix the problem.
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone,I posted some pics in the charcoal smoker forum.

I agree s2k9k ,I think I restricted the flow.

I will probably return the drip pan to its original position and build a baffle that I can experiment with the lengths.

post #6 of 7

Hi John and welcome aboard!  The most common problem with controlling temps in charcoal rigs is air flow...sounds like you're on the right track though.

 

Red

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 

WELL I  RETURNED THE DRIP PAN TO ITS PLACE AND MADE A NEW BAFFLE.IT'S A FEW INCHES SHORTER

I'LL MAKE SOME DRY RUNS AND POST MY RESULTS

THANKS FOR THE REPLIES

WISH ME LUCK

JOHN

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