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22.5 WSM temp issues

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I bought one of these a few weeks ago, did a couple dry runs to get the shine off the inside & smoked a bunch of chicken in it last weekend. Tonight, I'm trying to smoke a brisket and pork shoulder & lit the fire using the Soo Donut but cannot get the temperature below 290. I'm using Kingsford Blue and a few oak chunks for smoke and have a full water pan. All vents top and bottom are now 2/3 closed, but the temp is staying up. Any advice on getting the temps down would be great.
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I ended up closing the lower dampers while leaving the top open & was able to get it down top 275, & when I put the meat in it dropped to 250 & is now cruising along at that temp.
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Just saw this at 3:46 AM West Coast time.  Sounds like you are dry smoking, which is fine and what I do with my WSM. 

 

You can let it go hot and fast and it will be fine.  I've moved from the low and slow club to hot and fast, even with briskets, and they turn out moist, juicy, and delicious.  Huge time saver. 

 

If you are determined to get the temp down to 225F, close two of the vents and put about a gallon of hot water in the water pan.  Just pour the water through the grates. 

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