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New guy from Omaha, NE

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Hello all!!  I'm a new member, but have been lingering around for a while reading many of the posts.  Any other Omaha people out there??


I have a Rival KC Smoker today, and have had a Lil Chief in the past.  Will upgrade someday when I am not satisfied with my Rival.  I have done allot of pressure cooker meats, some turkey fryer, and doing more smoking these days.


I made some ribs last weekend, but never did get smoke from the smoker.  They were tasty, but not smoky.  During clean-up, the chips were not burnt at all.  I suspect that the smoker has warped some through use, and that's why there was no smoke.  I'm looking for suggestions on how to get the smoke back in the Rival.


If you're not familiar with it, it's like a roaster pan with an additional element in the middle for creating the smoke.  There is a full size pan that sits inside the unit.  I suspect that the pan, and base are not making contact, so there is not enough heat transfer to create the smoke.  I have thought about trying to hammer (with a rubber mallet) the pan so it will make better contact with the base.  Another thought was to use either tin foil, or steel wool in the gap between the base, and pan to help with heat transfer.


Have any of you dealt with this, or tried to  get more smoke out of this smoker with any success??  Thanks.

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post #3 of 11

Welcome to SMF, Never used a Rival before so I can't help with that, Good luck with it!! I'm sure someone around here can help

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Welcome, I'm across the river in Council Bluffs you'll find a lot of good info here.



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Good to see another lurker join the SMF. We must be doing something right! It's all good my friend.

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First off Welcome to SMF.  You'll like it here for there are alot of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking. Now there are alot of proven recipes for some amazing things here too. So if you need sign up for the E-Course it's free and it will give you the basics of smoking and some good methods to use also. So the next big thing for you to do is go out and get you something to smoke and if you happen to have any questions just post it here and we will be happy to answer them for you.


Welcome To Your New Addiction

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Welcome to SMF!! Lots of good folks and information here...

post #8 of 11

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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Welcome!  Looking forward to interacting with you.  Have fun!

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I'm in Omaha also (by force not by choice, although i do like it here).  Just picked up a char grill smoker and have already done a pork butt and 2 briskets.

hope you get yours fixed soon.

post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks all for the Howdy!


For an update on the smoker, I have smoke!!!


I checked out the pan, and it was a bit warped.  It took some coaxing to straighten it out.  I also used a rubber mallet to gently tap/massage the bottom reservoir down a bit.  I now have good metal to metal contact that is providing me with a good amount of smoke again.  It works well for a small electric unit.  I plan to use it next year when I am out at the camp grounds in my new to me Pop-up camper.

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