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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
HI im new to this site and to the world of smoking meat verses grilling , smoking that ive done for last 12 years. i recently took my used (once) charbroil charcoal smoker and added an electric hot plate and a few modifications ( steel bottom, temp guage) to make it easier to maintain a constant temp without changing charcoal as much, the problem is the temp with just the 750 watts hot plate is running 150 degrees but with a few charcoal pieces and some chips it ignites and goes well over 300. Do i just need a hotter plate or maybe leave out the charcoal and just go hot plate and wood????? thanks for any and all help
post #2 of 13

Just learning

Hey everyone! BigPaul here from FL. this is an awesome site. I'm a vet at grilling but new to smoking. Just bought a Brinkman and am already making modifications to it. I plan on smoking some ribs this weekend to see how it goes. I'll let you know.
post #3 of 13
1000 watt plate should give you a 225-250 without the coals. It sounds like you are trying to quit using coals and find a easier way to maintain your temp?

For $59.00 HD has a Brickman electric. Nice unit for the money with having to mod the hell out of your old coal unit.

Keep on smokin
post #4 of 13
Welcome to the SMF Woodruff!!
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
thank you for the info , mind me asking if hd is home depot? ill check that out , being that fathers day is around the cornerill try and persuade the family (4) to get me a new one, the one i have is over 10 years old and has been cooked on one time. i do alot of griiling on my gas grill and even alot of indirect cooking using only 1 or 2 of the five burners at once, this works well but dont have that lip dripping tatse like smoking does, thanks agin for your help and thank s for such a great forum. , i forgot to give other info about myself, im 35 years old love to cook and grill indoors or out. desert or appetizer, mainly meats . i have a coleman 3 brner gas grill with side burner , my newset is a uniflame 5 burner with sideburner, i do use a smoker box alot with these. avid cooker and also make handcarved fishing lures. thanks
post #6 of 13
Yes Wood,

HD=Home Depot

This is the link to that smoker
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
thanks jtribout for your help. i checked that out and looks like a great place to start,
post #8 of 13
Big Paul -- Welcome to SMF. Glad to have you. If you could copy this intro to your own thread in the 'Roll Call' section you will get a more proper 'welcome' to the site from the nice guys and gals here.
post #9 of 13
Welcome to the SMF, Woodruff. Glad you are here.
post #10 of 13
Welcome to SMF!

Take care, have fun, and do good!


post #11 of 13
Welcome Woodruff...happy smoking!
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
updated my profile, still finding out some of the features though. Happy Cookingcool.gif
post #13 of 13
welcome to de club..
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