Smoke is no joke

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by steve doc, Jul 14, 2017.

  1. steve doc

    steve doc Newbie

    Basically a beginner from southeast Pa. Using an older model offset Brinkman heavy gauge steel. Offered as a gift, rusting, and in poor condition, I dismantled it completely,and with a lot of care and effort, turned it into a brand new one. I've used it for ribs,chicken,brisket, but I'm having a problem with smoke. It's too much. I've been using mostly cherry. Hot coals, lay on a piece or two, and I just get clouds of white smoke.Looking for that thin blue smoke that makes the difference. I've heard that brinkmans can be troublesome without modifying them to some degree which I have done, but my concern is heavy smoke. Any advice is welcome as I will not give up.
  2. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Steve Doc, welcome to SMF!. Glad you are here with the new old Brinkman and ready to put it to good use. 

    ALL charcoal and wood smokers, mods or not, put out that heavy white and grey smoke until the fuel and wood heats up and begins burning cleanly.  It can take a hour or more before the fire starts making TBS.  Don't load the meat until you see hints of blue. 

    Try a dry run, no meat, and wait it out.  You'll get an idea how long it takes for your smoker to start making TBS. 

    Enjoy the forum.

  3. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome from SC. It's good to have you on this great site. I start my fires with charcoal to get a good bed of coals and to get the CC up to temp. I always pre-heat my splits before putting them on the fire. The pre-heated wood will ignite quicker, keeping the fire from dropping too fast and keeping the smoke cleaner. Quick igniting wood will not smolder and give off white billowing smoke.

    Good luck and good smoking, Joe. :grilling_smilie:
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Make sure the wood is dry...  like for a year after cutting...   add small splits.. about the size of a golf ball in a small smoker...  

    For better air flow, and temperature control, think about an upper air inlet on the Firebox.....

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  6. lancep

    lancep Master of the Pit


    What everyone else said! With an offset, there's two ways to run it. With charcoal, using wood for flavor or using an all wood fire as your heat sources and getting smoke as a byproduct. Personally, I prefer the latter but use both depending on time and fuel supply. For a charcoal fire, I will light a half chimney of briquettes, fill my firebox with unlit charcoal, and then dump the fully lit chimney in the center. After adding the lit coals, I put a small split or two on top of the lit coals and let them burn for about five minutes. Close up the smoker, dial in the temp and wait until the smoke is thin and blue to put the meat on. I don't add any more wood after that. The only problem with this method, especially in smaller offsets, is ash production from charcoal. On longer smokes the ash can build up and choke your fire. Which is why I prefer a wood fire. I use an adapted version of Joe's method and it works very well. The best thing is that when you're running a clean hot fire, your meat doesn't get over smoked and you produce very little ash. If you are in an area where you can an affordable supply of wood, I highly recommend you try it.

  7. steve doc

    steve doc Newbie

    Thanks everyone for the helpful tips. I'm sure to give them a try.
  8. steve doc

    steve doc Newbie

    Any time suggestions for putting down smoke on a 13.21 lb. brisket? Been on cherry for 2 hrs have to finish in oven.

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