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Adjusting temps

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hey all,

I have been using my Masterbuilt  40 propane smoker for about 2 years now.

It does great for ribs, pulled pork and chicken. I have tried jerky once but it was more like

cooked meat than dried. I could not get smoke at the lower temps it takes to dry the meat.

I have been reading several posts about the Amaze-n-products and I think I am going to

purchase the TRAY. I also read that a lot of people start at about 120 and increase the temp

by 10 every half hour or so. All that being said I finally get to my question, is there some

kinda trick to adjusting temps by 10 ? Its hard enough finding the right spot to hold a certain

temp with the dial let alone trying to increase by such a small degree. I also noticed most

use a digital thermometer and not the dial therm in the door.

post #2 of 12
First the tube smokers work better in the propane smoker so get the tube smoker. I use the 12" & 18" tubes. For temps you need to install a needle valve. You can make your own or buy one commercially made.

I currently am smoking jerky in my propane smoker temps are currently at 120 for pit temp. I'll be posting more photos as I go today. I'm just about to light the tube smoker.

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/238654/theyre-going-to-send-me-to-the-looney-bin#post_1493792
post #3 of 12
Here's the needle valve on mine. Cajun bandit brand, can be found on Amazon and other websites.



I leave my smoker set on high and control the flame with the needle valve. Depending on the weather I can maintain 120-130 for low temps and then all the way up to 500+ on the high end.





18" tube doing its thing.
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 


Thanks D/S I will look into the tube smoker. As for the needle valve I have read some posts about these but am still confused

about the process

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 


Oh now I see how this works!! thanks for the pics . do you use a different therm. or the one on the door

post #6 of 12
The therm in the door hasn't worked for years and when it did it wasn't accurate. I use the iGrill2 for monitoring pit and meat temps.

post #7 of 12
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How easy is it to adjust the temp with the valve. My reason for asking is because it seems like all I did when I tried jerky was fiddle with the stupid

control knob , turn a bit -too high turn back - too low ! it was very frustrating so I pretty much caved in and just went to like 180. So trying to increase by

10 every 1/2 hr. seems impossible IMHO.

post #8 of 12
The needle valve works great. I've been at 130ish (plus or minus 1-2 degrees for the last hour). It only takes small adjustments. It takes a few minutes for things to settle in. If I'm with a few degrees that's where it stays.
post #9 of 12
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Hey dirtsailor2003 I took your advice on the needle valve mod. MAN what a difference. Got 4 rings of deer bologna in since 3 pm . so much easier keeping temp. regulated.

THANKS FOR THE INFO !!

post #10 of 12
another satisfied customer.... man I love this site.... now all you need is the pellet tube and your all set ...
post #11 of 12
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Waitin on that new 18 " adjustable one that CrankyBuzzard was showin off the other day. Haven't seen it available on the website yet

post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by SMOKIN POP-POP View Post


Hey dirtsailor2003 I took your advice on the needle valve mod. MAN what a difference. Got 4 rings of deer bologna in since 3 pm . so much easier keeping temp. regulated.
THANKS FOR THE INFO !!

Very good! I just finished a 30 hour Tri tip jerky smoke. Couldn't have done it with out the needle valve!
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