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I'm new to smoking. I got an vertical brinkmann box smoker and learned a lot right away. I had trouble getting a temp right away and did some research only to find out it was a design flaw. I did what was suggested and got a wok for the coal pan, however that gave me huge spikes in temp. I always have the upper vents completely open and right now am running with the lower vents completely closed. The only thing i have found that kept it lower was to add less coal. I am only on my 3rd smoke ever tonight and the temp is holding tight at 220 so I'm optimistic. I have a butt and a rack of baby backs in right now. i'll try to add some pics. Any advice will help me out considering I have no idea what I am doing. The second try worked out well, and everyone was happy, but it wasn't as tender as I would have liked. I did 2-1-1 on the second try, but with the spikes in temp I think it cooked it way too fast. Anyway, look forward to learning a lot.


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Welcome to the SMF forum KBeezy.  I don't know what to tell you about your smoker as I don't own that type but someone here will be by to answer you soon enough.  Don't give up as it seems you are doing well; all things considered.  You are on your way & we will help you get there.  Good Luck!!!  Keep the TBS going.

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Welcome to the SMF. Others that are more familiar with your smoker will be along to offer you some help. It's all good my friend.

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I have never seen your type of oven before. When I use charcoals, I also find it difficult to control the temperature, the reason beeing that chacoal only need a very small amount of air before they flame up, thereby giving you temperature spikes. When using charcoal I use both the top and bottom vent.


I would use briquettes instead, and fire it up using the "Minion" method: A pile of unlit briquettes mixed with smoke wood, and on top 10 - 15 lit briquettes, then they will slowly lit the other briquettes, and you will have a steady temperature for hours. When using briquettes I use only the bottom vent, the top vent is full open.


Hope this helps





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Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.

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Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.

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First off welcome to SMF. You'll like it here cause there are alot of really good folks that would just love to help you with anything to do with smoking. Now we like having new folks here to give a new prospective on some of the ways we do things around here. Now if you are really new then I would suggest that you sign up fir the 5-day E-course it free and it will give you the basics on smoking and a few recipes too. Here's a link to it:


then you will have a method to your newly found madness and believe me it will be a madness. Then when you start smoking things you will have to learn how to post the pictures / Qview 

here. So here's a link to a tutorial on how to post your Qview so we can see what your doing.


Now the next thing you have to do is run out and get something to smoke. Then just smoke it and if you have any questions just post  them here and we will answer all your questions that you might have. Oh yea there's no stupid questions we were all there in the beginning and we just really like to help others enjoy the fabulous smoked foods that we do. So again


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