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  1. gigantor

    First smoke on a Kettleman yielded unexpected results, would love some advice for next time!

    The Kettleman grate makes it difficult to do low and slow. The zig-zag grate design is excellent for searing as the surface temp can get very high. Even with the snake or C charcoal setup, indirect airflow is not achieved cuz the heat below the grate is directed accross instead of up & over...
  2. gigantor

    Master Forge 36-in 376 sq in Baked Enamel Green Charcoal Vertical Smoker

    This smoker is in need of mods.  I got one on clearance at Lowe's dirt cheap. I dunno why they design it w/ little ventilation top & bottom.  If you need dampers, Brinkmann has them or you can make them using the mod link above.  Since the grates are only 15.5" you'll need a rib rack.  A...
  3. gigantor

    What is a "PID"???

    proportional-integral-derivative controller
  4. gigantor

    Kamado Style Smoker Suggestions?

    Vision Grills Kamado Pro...$549 at Costco.  Lifetime warranty.
  5. gigantor

    Bought a Master Forge vertical smoker from Lowe's today

    If you're in San Diego, the Mission Valley Lowe's has the older MF unit on clearance at $20.  Mod it & you have a WSM ...except it's only about 15.5"
  6. gigantor

    Bought a Master Forge vertical smoker from Lowe's today

    The ventilation at the bottom is a terrible design.  I have the Master Forge Smoker (earlier version that was taller) You need to drill holes, install a damper to better control the temp.   here's a link to the best mod for this unit. http://home.comcast.net/~day_trippr/smoker_mods.htm#thermometer
  7. gigantor

    New Smoker For Christmas!

    18 lbs. of Hickory or Mesquite at Home Depot for 16 bux.
  8. gigantor

    New smoker - Masterbuilt Pro Dual Fuel smoker questions

    I have the same smoker.  I took the advice of other owners who put a cast iron skillet 8 or 10 inch.  I instead use a cast iron smoker box w/o the top.  Place it directly over the stock wood pan.  It will help prevent your wood from smoldering & burning too quick.  I really like this smoker...
  9. gigantor

    Pork Butt is at 155 degrees @ 5 hours into smoke

    Pardon the ignorance...I'm a newbie.  I have the vertical charcoal smoker they sell at Lowe's--Master Forge brand. I just read what a UDS is...mine is not a UDS.  My smoker is like a WSM--but the only vent is at the bottom. I am planning a mod like this to improve ventilation...
  10. gigantor

    Pork Butt is at 155 degrees @ 5 hours into smoke

    I had my beef ribs on my UDS. (Ugly Drum Smoker) Anyhow, I had 2 racks cut in half on the two grates.  I started the coals on a chimney and the temp went up fast to 350 so I pulled coals out.  Still goin' thru a learning curve w/ the drum smoker.  I smoked some more beef ribs--this time 3...
  11. gigantor

    Pork Butt is at 155 degrees @ 5 hours into smoke

    You all were right on spot.  Just checked it and  the butts temp are still below 160 degrees.  I've hit a stall on both butts.
  12. gigantor

    Pork Butt is at 155 degrees @ 5 hours into smoke

    I notice the bark on my butts is okay....not like the ones I see on the Pitmaster TV shows---> dark, rich & fully smoked. I guess that propane gas doesn't produce the same effect as charcoal.  I have a charcoal smoker but it ya gotta watch it constantly for temp. I smoked beef ribs last week...
  13. gigantor

    Pork Butt is at 155 degrees @ 5 hours into smoke

    Thanks for the replies.  I do plan on pulled pork.  I have the smoker temp at roughly 250 the entire morning, spritzing every hour & half. I have two 6.5 lb. butts in there.  I started fat side up then flipped em' after 4 hours.  Any problem w/ that? Also, if I put in a cooler after reaching...
  14. gigantor

    Pork Butt is at 155 degrees @ 5 hours into smoke

    Started at 6am today in my Masterbuilt gas smoker using hickory chunks & chips.  I  am at 155 ready to wrap at 160.  My SB party starts in 4 hours.  I'm concerned I will get to 190 too quickly.  Should I wrap & let sit w/ gas off or should & pull out & put in oven at low temp.  This is my 2nd...
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