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Hello all. Live in SD and have received a COF (cheap offset) Char-Broil 1280 as a gift and used it 3 times so far besides seasoning it. First time, could not get the heat past 180 and used almost a whole 12 pound bag of charcoal. So I found mods online, some from this site, and tryed again. Heat was still a problem, even with putting pieces of hard wood in the fire box. That got so hot, that some of the paint has turned grey and a little peeled. Will be cleaning and repainting that soon. :) Still used almost 12 pounds.But had a temp issue still. So third time I removed the heat deflector I made, and was able to get the temp up. Only used about half a bag this time, but mixed with wood char. which burns hotter but does not last as long. What I would like to know is how big of a fire should I make and how long is it suppose to last for? Everything I have smoked has come out pretty good, but can always be better. Thanks in advance.

Edited by shokr - 7/21/14 at 5:16pm
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Welcome to the forum, Check your temp gauge, they are notorious for being inaccurate 


Gary S

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Thanks for the response. I use a digital at grate level. Drilled a small hole in the front to insert the probe. I am just wondering if I should be using that much fuel for a 5 hour smoke. As I am new to this site, is there a better place to post my questions about this? Thanks in advance.

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Put some chicken on the gas grill today, but ran out of fuel after 15 min so had to use the smoker as a grill, worked great!!!!

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Welcome, glad ya joined us ! Nice to hear your cook worked out ! icon14.gif
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