changed the bottom and top to 1/4 opened. temp dropped a little so i opened two on the bottom to 1/2 and top to 1/2 temp pretty steady, going up only few degrees after about 45 minutes. Ill tell you what as long as it doesnt crap out on me so far it blows the ECB away.
its been almost three hours and temps are still steady. i have top vent fully opened now because i read a post saying that it should be open at all times. so far so good
been almost four hours and still going strong.... only problem is that this is just my test run (in trying to go to bed) and the dam thing is still chugging away. i guess the saying is true, beware what you wish for lol.
checked it this morning at 730 at it was holding at 210!!!!!!!!!! with water pan 1/4 way full. I dumped everything cleaned out pan and put everything on at 200 deg at 0811 this morning. lets see how it goes. Im going to have lots of Q around 200pm (i hope).
temp a little high, running almost at 250 deg. i closed bottom vents almost fully, have a little opening, but last time i was at around 250 with my ECB and ribs came out great so as long as i dont go too hign i think i should be good.
at 1011 i transferred one 1/2 rack to the bottom (had one there already) so now have two 1/2 racks on bottom (they are not going to be foiled just sprayed with apple juice.
have two 1/2 racks in foil with little apple juice
one 1/2 rack in foil with maple syrup
one 1/2 rack in foil with butter, brown sugar and honey
so far two hours in and cant wait till they are finished.
temp at 250 deg but spiked when i took lid off to put ribs in foil so i shut on vent completely and others are a crack opened. hopefully everything goes well here on out.
at 1130 i moved the smoker (carefully) to the shaded part of my yard (i had all bottom vents closed and it was at 255 deg. Temps outside were at 91 deg at 1130 in the morning! After moving it into shade it started gradually dropping which was good so i opened bottom vents little so coals dont die out.
at 115 i took everything out. Unfortunately i didnt mark which ribs were which. they all came really good but i didnt like the rub with no sauce on top. for now on i am a sauce person, no dry ribs for me.
Edited by njsmoker83 - 7/5/10 at 12:03pm