I received a new offset smoker for fathers day was very happy. I have never used an off set smoker before, so I started researching several trends.
Started off by putting it together and sealed everything that looked like might leak, sealing the doors with lavalock and built a charcoal basket out of expanded steel. I purchased an IQ120 for temp control with a standard adapter.
I cured the smoker Friday, had some problems at first with the temp was able to finish the cure. Saturday morning woke up excited to do my first cook, a pork shoulder and ribs. The shoulder went on around 9:30 Am, around 1:30 Pm the ribs went on, that's when my problems started.
I could not get the smoker over 200 degrees. I was looking at the standard adapter that came with the IQ120 which is approximately 6" in diameter, I went to the hardware store, purchased a ball valve that would except the IQ hose adapter. I drilled out the center of the dampener and installed the valve, which put better air flow in the fire box. I was able to get the fire box temp up to 210 degrees no higher. After letting everything smoke for about three hours, I took everything out wrapped it in aluminum foil and put it in my oven to finish it.