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"Too Much Smoke" --- Results!!!

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Well was a success! Thanks a ton for all the help!

As many of you knew, I was seriously over-smoking my ribs. I also was using all wood, no charcoal, and it was very hit or miss. But, with yall's help, I had quite a few happy eaters.

We had a cookout with about 15-20 people over.

Fried up some Wings and a few giant onions for an appetizer

Smoked 6 racks of Baby Back Ribs
Grilled 12 BBQ Chicken Breasts
Fried up some Squash, Okra, and Potato Wedges

Back to the smoking...

I ended up using about 3-4 Charcoal Towers full of Lump Charcoal for my fire. Used Hickory wood chunks wrapped in tin-foil for the smoke.

It took a pretty long while to get to the desired temperature. I ended up closing the fire box door to get the heat up - I smoked them with the chimney flute half opened and the flute on the side of the firebox completely open.

Occasionally the tin-foil covered wood chunks would catch fire - but didn't seem to cause any taste damage.

The flavor was great, although I think I can be a bit more aggressive with the smoke the next time - I was somewhat timid this go around but had a nice steady smoke sliding out of the stack.

My only problem I see right now with this particular smoker is the hotspot - the area of grill closest to the firebox - Any way I can somewhat redirect the heat toward the center?

Anyways, here are some pic's.

post #2 of 14
Mmmmm..... ribs......

you're makin' me drool man! Good job!
post #3 of 14
i'm ready to eat...
post #4 of 14
Nice job, you get points from me. If I may make one suggestion. Try leaving the exhaust chimney flute open all the way, and adjust your heat buy using the firebox flute(as you call it). Keep the flow going.

Your big platters of food look excellent!PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #5 of 14
That's a good looking mess of ribs!! PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif

As many of us have discovered, improvement happens pretty quickly with the help of the folks here at the forum. Just keep asking questions and you'll get the benefit of all the experience gathered here.
post #6 of 14
What Capt Dan said! I have the same unit, and leave the exhaust wide open all the time.

Nice Job!

Take care, have fun, and do good!


post #7 of 14
I helped my hot spot by flipping the charcoal grate and metal piece upside down in my smoke chamber.... the arc almost matches the hole thats between the chamber and firebox.... it still has a little hotter spot near the firebox but not as bad....

Exhaust all the way open every time!! is good advise.... use your intake on your firebox to adjust your temp... check out the sticky on char griller mods....

simple dryer duct on your stack down to the cooking grate helped too...

there are a few mods to the firebox there that help also.... Gramason helped me with mine... when we put it together....

I know this may sound odd.... but the hole is open between your firebox and smoke chamber... the knockout has been left in before and folks really had a problem getting their desired temps.....

Drop me a PM if you want more info on the mods.... I could take some pics and post if it will help...
post #8 of 14
Awesome looking spread man...everything looks perfect...PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif

One quick question did you cook with the firebox door open? Or was that just for the picture?

I have the same smoker and I have never seen or tried that.
post #9 of 14
Sweet lookin food. Just think from here on out it just gets better and better icon_mrgreen.gif . Congrats on your sucess PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the replies fellas.

Joe, I cooked with the Firebox Door shut, that was just a pic prior to the cookin!
post #11 of 14
The food looks great! PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
Everyone must have enjoyed that spread.
post #12 of 14
Good looking grub you got there.PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #13 of 14
icon_lol.gif how much foil did you go through?icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
post #14 of 14
Go to the charcoal smokers forum and mossymo has a sticky about mods to the chargriller w/ sfb. I used some of them on mine works great. One thing you will read that is true is the temp. guage that comes with it isn't at all accurate.
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