Originally Posted by Dr K
Also, the briquettes in the chip tray has an effect on temp stability, making sorter quicker cycles. Filling a void with something may improve cycling and using Bear's method. Maybe putting play sand in the chip tray instead of leaving it empty when using the AMNPS is a thought.
I should mention, after we repaired my Gn #1 when the Flag connector had burned out, I figured since I wanted to run it a few hours anyway to make sure it's ready to smoke meat again, I would use my method too.
So knowing that mine usually over-shoots by 15° to 25° when running from Ambient temp to 250°, I decided to try to get to a stable 260° as fast as I could.
So I set the Control to 245° & started it up.
When it hit 245° (after 20 minutes), the heating element shut off, but the heat kept rising, because all of the things in the bottom of the smoker were much hotter than the air in the smoker was.
Once it got to 263°, and then fell to 262°, I knew it had peaked at 263° (18° over-shoot).
So I immediately changed my setting to 260°.
That was it-----No more big swings, just from that one small adjustment.
From that point forward, for the next 3 hours, my MES temp went as low as 254°, and as high as 268°. That's between -6° and +8°. I'm quite happy with that.
And it didn't take hours & a lot of babysitting. It was 1 adjustment at the 20--25 minute mark, and steady as she goes for the next 3 hours.
The big thing was after the 18° over-shoot, I moved it up 15°, which kept it from having a big downward over-shoot, which would cause another big upward over-shoot, etc, etc, etc.
One simple move nipped it in the Bud.