Fired up for the first time

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by kouki, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. kouki

    kouki Newbie

    Alright, I finished up my smoker trailer over the weekend and fired it up for the first time yesterday to start seasoning it.

    I have a couple questions and need some input. When I fired it up I used about 3lbs of charcoal and a couple chunks of hickory on top of the charcoal. I'm not sure what the cooking chamber temp was because my thermometers haven't arrived yet, hopefully today. I could comfortably place my hand on the outside of the doors for about 20 seconds before I had to remove my hand. Does this sound reasonable? I'm thinking about raising my firebox grates about 2-3 inches to see if that gives more heat.

    Also I noticed that if I close my chimney dampner more than about halfway I had some smoke leaking around my doors, I'm sure that is letting heat out as well. What is a good way to seal up the doors better?

    Here are a couple pics, let me know what you think.




  2. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    wow them red x,s look good [​IMG]
  3. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Can you take some of that fire rope that you have around your fire box door and put it around the smoker doors to help seal it bit?

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