Hey all, ive been baking ribs and such in the oven for a long time and finally decided to take the plunge on a smoker, i'm very new to this.
So first thing i did was fire it up!
Noticed alot of smoke and heat loss from the Fire box so as a temp fix i tin foiled all the way around the door. I have not fired it back up yet.
however, i spent 4 hours trying to moderate the temperature in this thing with no luck. I know im new.
So, so far, i added my water pan and foiled the door on the fire box.
Im wanting to use apple wood chunks. I first got the temp up too 225ish*F and added the wood.
I cannot maintain the temperature with the wood. Vent closed 100% and it still climbed some.
Im kind of at an impass.
Im a huge forum guy and i know "search search search"!!
Im posting this in duress, i have to start a 9.5lb shoulder at 4am on this thing and really want to do a decent job for my mother-in-law.
Is there anything you guys can tell me to get this under control to a managable situation? Ive got an extra bag of wood and charcoal to keep trying with. But i feel like im getting no where. I would add a piece of steel to even out temps but local steel yards are closed. Anything guys???
Thanks all in advance!
PS, i can deal with un-even to an extent, i can force the meat to one side to get this done, but maintaining that temp is killing me!