Help! Can't keep temps up...

Discussion in 'Pork' started by jeffesonm, Apr 4, 2008.

  1. jeffesonm

    jeffesonm Smoke Blower

    I'm about 1 1/2 hours into my second smoke ever, this one is a 8 1/2 lb pork shoulder. I'm using the ECB and just today made the mods suggested: holes in coal pan w/vent, holes on lid w/vent and moved the legs to the outside. I did the rub last night and brought it up to temp before starting the smoke. I filled the water pan with boiling water, filled the pan with lump charcoal and put a few hot coals on top. It came up to about 200 but has been hovering around there since.

    Any ideas what's going on? The temp has been steady, which is better than my first smoke when they were up, down, up, down, etc. How can I get them a few degrees higher?
  2. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    And what's wrong with 200? Empty the waterpan for a while if yer worried.
  3. teeotee

    teeotee Smoking Fanatic

    When you say you put a few coals on top do you mean a few or like a 1/4 of a chimney ?
    As your smoke goes on check for ash build up around the coals, that can snuff out charcoal.

    Also how is the weather, is it windy? A stiff breeze can bring down the temp some.
  4. bb53chevpro

    bb53chevpro Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    What are you using to check the temp? Digital thermometer?
  5. jeffesonm

    jeffesonm Smoke Blower

    I put about a dozen 1/4" holes in the coal pan and maybe half that in the top. The top vent is covering 3/4 of the holes. I put maybe just a bit less than 1/4 chimney of hot coals, and now they're glowing pretty well and small blue flame is going. Temp is being taken by a digital probe thermometer resting on the grate. It's about 45-50 degrees out, slight breeze.

    I put a few coals Temp is up to 224 now so maybe I just need to be more patient...
  6. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    And use more charcoal... light another half chim now..get it ready. and QUIT PEEKING LOL!

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