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Hello from Missouri!!

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I am new to smoking. I have a Brinkman Vertical to get my feet wet. I figure I better start out as basic as possible. I did buy a grill wok to use for the fire pan and I have an oven  thermometer placed inside the smoke chamber. Any advice on how to hold a long burning and sustained temp would be most welcome. Thank you all and I am wound up about being a part of Smoking Meat Forums!usa.gif

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I used a Brinkman smoker for years and it can do a good job of smoking.  I just hope your Brinkman is the one with the enclosed charcoal tray and bottom - not the one with legs and open at the bottom as I had no success at keep the temps stable on these.  For the enclosed Brinkman, it is important to clean out the charcoal ash after every smoke to ensure maintaining good airflow.  Also, for long smokes, use the "Minion Method." I pour hot water into my pan so the temperature comes up faster.  You may also use sand in the water pan instead of water and then foil over it. Some prefer this method; others prefer water.  I use Stub's Charcoal Briquettes as they leave very little ash to clog the smoker..


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Edited by Texas Ray - 8/27/13 at 11:14am
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Welcome to SMF.


Where you at in Mo?  I'm in S.W Mo not far from Table Rock lake


Put some bricks in the bottom of the smoker and the fire on, or near the bottom of the smoker.  Make sure the ash doesn't smother your fire and don't use water in the pan, but fill it full of sand or gravel and cover it with foil to keep drips out.  Leave the top dampers all the way open and control the heat with the bottom ones.


DO NOT go by the thermometer in the door!  Even a cheapie  $15 Taylor probe unit from wally world is better than the dial in the door!  Look in the kitchen accessories for them.  I eventually plan to get a Maverick that everyone on here raves about


I had very uneven results with my ECB until I found SMF and learned the tricks for these smokers

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KAT:  Sorry - the videos are now embedded!

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Originally Posted by Texas Ray View Post

KAT:  Sorry - the videos are now embedded!

Not a problem....and thank you!!!!!



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Welcome aboard!  These forums are the best place I know for sharing ideas on smoking, grilling, curing, etc.  There are plenty of friendly, knowledgeable folks who really enjoy helping one another.  Looking forward to your input here, and just ask when you need anything...someone here will surely have the answer.



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Thank you!

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It is the enclosed smoker. Thanks for the advice!

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Im from Joplin MO. Just getting started smoking. Thank you for the advice! Im gonna give some of these tips a shot!! Thank you!

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Thank you!!

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Thanks. I can tell already that all you folks are helpful and knowledgeable. I look forward to learning and enjoying this avenue of preparing food. I will post q- views as I go along. Just learning the ropes but really excited about it!! 

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