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New Brinkmann Grill/Smoker with side firebox questions! Help please!

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by pcmyers23, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. pcmyers23

    pcmyers23 Smoke Blower

    Hey guys,

    New to the forums and I could use some help.

    First off this is the grill/smoker I got:


    I've smoked numerous briskets, ribs, chickens etc but that was all on a charcoal grill where I had the meat in the middle with the 2 side fires going with wood chunks on top. I am experienced with the times and temperatures I need on the meat, just not with a side firebox.

    I was curing the smoker tonight and was really surprised at how hot the main chamber got! It jumped up to 300-350 for awhile.

    About how much charcoal/wood chunks do I need to use to keep it at 2-250?

    On the firebox how wide do I want to keep the side vent?

    When adding more charcoal...when do I want to do that and how much?

    Do I need to start the new coals in my chimney starter or can I throw them on top of the still lit coals?

    I know that was a lot of info and questions so any and all help will be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks guys
  2. mr500

    mr500 Meat Mopper