charcoal smoker newbie

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Original poster
Jan 18, 2014
My name is Kim I am in South Louisiana. My dad Introduced me to meat smoking on a barrel style brinkman smoker about 20 Years ago. The pan went at the bottom and you dumped coal every few hours. After having kids I didn't have time to babysit coal so switched to an electric smoker. Well 10 Years later I am ready to go back to coal so myhusband got me a dynaglo offset vertcal smoker. I haVe been experimenting but just can't get the temp up to 225-250. We added insulation to keep in the smoke and heat. So joining the site to get tips so I don't have to heat up the oven to finish cooki g my turkies!!
Hello and welcome from East Texas. This is a great site, lots of information and great people that are willing to throw in their two cents worth on about anything.   
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Hello and welcome to SMF.

You don't describe the procedure you use to start and maintain your fire, so I can only offer a few general observations.

After looking at a dyna glo online it appears that it does not have a charcoal grate, only an ash pan, is this correct? If you are putting your lit charcoal in the ash pan then you are most likely not getting enough airflow to the charcoal to get the temps up to where you want them.

What kind of charcoal are you using, lump or briquettes? Lump charcoal will burn hotter than briquettes and , in my experience, responds more quickly to changes in air flow to regulate temperature.

I suggest that you post your questions in the Charcoal Smoker section of the forum to get more response.
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