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Need help with lower temps

post #1 of 5
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I'm still sorta new at smoking and could use some help. I have a fairly cheap Master Forge propane smoker from Lowes. I love it and use it quite often. I really should upgrade to something better...but I do okay with this for now. I posted previously about having trouble getting temps I wanted and many suggested adding an adjustable regulator...which I did. So now I certainly can control the temps better...but it really allowed me to get to higher temps...not lower temps. I still have trouble maintaining anything under 200 degrees. I'd like to be able to hold 150-160 for jerky, but just can't. Right now I seem to be holding about 170-175 but the flame is "pulsing" and makes me think it's going to go out as soon as I walk away.
So are there any suggestions on what I need to do? Replace the burner? Restrict the burner in some way??

Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 5

Is the exhaust vent wide open?

 

You could also try opening the door just a crack.

 

Al

post #3 of 5
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Originally Posted by SmokinAl View Post

Is the exhaust vent wide open?

You could also try opening the door just a crack.

Al

I have the vent on the side of the burner chamber mostly closed (open a crack). The exhaust vent at top is mostly wide open.
When you say leave the door open a crack...the lower door or the smoking cabinet door? I tried leaving the lower door open a bit and it actually ran hotter! I guess because I was feeding the flame with so much fresh air?
post #4 of 5

If you leave the smoker cabinet door cracked it will allow more heat to escape.

 

It's kind of a crummy way to get the temp down, but other than adding another exhaust vent on the top I don't have an answer for you.

 

Hopefully someone with your smoker will come on & give you a better answer.

 

Al

post #5 of 5

I also had that problem with my Char Broiler smoker. You can add an in-line needle valve to get down to lower temps. You can find them online fairly easily. I put mine between the regulator and the control knob on the smoker. Once you set the smoker to the lowest setting on the control knob you can further lower the flame by playing with the needle valve. 

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