First smoke in the new MB xl 40

Discussion in 'Pork' started by xray, Mar 13, 2015.

  1. xray

    xray Smoking Fanatic

    Hey gang,

    Just got done seasoning the MB XL 40 and for a test run, I threw in a store bought precooked ring of polish kielbasa (I know! Nothing to write home about!!)

    Here's my question: it's a breezy 37 degrees here in PA and my temps are holding steady at 225 with the burner fully cranked open. I didn't use any water in the pan since it will be a short smoke, shouldn't they be climbing higher? I'm just concerned in the future that a larger cut of meat like a pork butt will pull the temps down even lower??

    What's everybody think? Is the low temp normal
  2. xray

    xray Smoking Fanatic

    Sorry I forgot some details, I'm new to the forum thing.

    Temps have been steady on the door thermometer for over an hour. I'm using a cast iron skillet over the original chip tray with a mix of hickory and apple chunks and I'm getting some nice thin smoke. I know that the factory door thermometers are suspect at best, that is why I am going to pick up a Maverick first chance I get.
  3. beers-n-bbq

    beers-n-bbq Fire Starter

    I actually just got this same exact smoker and did the seasoning in low 40 degree weather on friday and mine got up to almost 400...but im not sure if you mean you cant hold a temp or it wont go higher than that temp? But if yours wont get above 225 that seems weird, im new to this so maybe someone else could answer it for ya better.
  4. xray

    xray Smoking Fanatic

    My temp held steady at 225 with the burner set to high and the propane tank fully open. I just had a ring of kielbasa in there and no water pan/sand.

    I was just curious if that is normal to hold such a low temp on the hi setting.

    It was a little breezy and I haven't built a wind break for it....can I breezy day change the temps drastically?
  5. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    You will be much happier and more confident once you get a Maverick setup. I would guess there is something wrong with the regulator. The main problem I have seen with those gassers is keeping the temps down. It seems a lot of folks add a needle valve to get better temp control. You may have gotten a bad regulator.
  6. beers-n-bbq

    beers-n-bbq Fire Starter

    Im new to this but just purchased the same smoker and for the seasoning process i opened the propane all the way and had it on high and i hit like 375ish. It was probably low to mid 40s on friday when i did it.

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