Originally Posted by Foamheart
Did you preheat with the vent closed? I always preheat to 275 first, then I open the vent and put in the meat, and adjust the temp to cooking temp. That way you get some extra heat in the begining also.
But I would guess noting the OTBS, that you know how it normally operates or should operate anyway.
Just an update...I smoked some ATBs today and used Foamheart's suggestions which solved my original problem.
I was using a smokestack on my MES and discovered that it was creating the issue with the interior temperature taking "forever" to come up to the target temp.
1. Preheated smoker at 275 degrees with vent completely closed.
2. Removed the smokestack.
3. Used my Mailbox Mod. and pellet smoker to create the smoke for the ATBs.
4. Adjusted the vent to 1/4 open which created enough draft for the pellets to burn properly.
5. Set temp. to 225 and it came up right away after I closed the door with the ATBs nestled in.
All is well...Thanks again Foamheart...You are the greatest!
Merry Christmas everyone!
Edited by BandCollector - 12/13/14 at 12:15pm