I just got this little guy as a gift and have been having a hard time getting over 200 degrees. I got to 250 the first day I plugged it in with no water, no wind at 70 degrees with no food in it. Break in period....
Since then I have used it twice and cant get above 200 degrees. I have installed a gasket and latch to try and retain more heat with no success of reaching over 200.
Should I not use water?
Should I put sand in water pan?
It has a 1500 w element should that be replaced?
I have attempted to cook 2 racks of ribs on separate occasions with water in the pan with no luck of getting over 200.
Last night I smoked sausage with no luck of getting past 200 to get an internal temp of 155
What are your thoughts?
Thank ya kindly