Hey guys, I am new and just did my seasoning smoke today and I was planning on seeing what kind of temps I was going to get on my smoker.
I am extremely discouraged right now! My temps sky rocketed to close to 350 F for a good 45 minutes! What on earth did I do wrong???
Cheap Offset Smoker - Char-Broil -
I have a baffle in place to direct the heat further into the cooking chamber, I had a water pan in place, and I had a dryer vent attached to the chimney to the height of the cooking surface.
My temps were up and down and up and down and I couldnt get a consistent cooking temp (225-250) for more than 15 minutes or so.
Below are some pictures of my setup. I have some aftermarket temp gauges installed at cooking level.
I thought I prepped and modded enough to be able to have reliable temperature for the 'cook' but now I dont know what to do...
The temp outside was probably 80* no wind, southern Mississippi, normal humidity.
Put about 20 charcoal in the chimney and got them going for awhile. Made a hole in the middle of the fire box out of the unlit coals, added the lit coals to the middle of the hole. I'd say in total about 150 coals.
I guess I just used too much charcoal to start off with? probably cut the total number of coals in half? It seems like I am going to have to babysit this smoker to keep my desired temp.
Please any input would be appreciated.