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AirForceDan

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Hello bbq enthusiasts,
I joined about a month ago, but never formally introduced me self. I’m from southern PA, and have been in the Air Force for 8 years w/ two tours to Afghanistan and a 115 day vaycay to Qatar. I developed a love for BBQ because a big ol’ black southern boy from my old unit would smoke anything with legs (briskets, pork butt, hams, chickens, turkeys) for my unit’s ‘family days’ all on one huge industrial propane tank he mounted on a pull behind trailer and modded into a smoker. That was it for me, I was hooked. I have a beater ECB I was given, that I modded with a vent, an air intake shutoff and rope gasket around the lid. I have a REAL hard time bringing the heat above 275, and have a hard time sustaining it at that temp, so any tips would be appreciated!
 

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tropics

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Look in the UDS section for ideas you may need more air going in, a charcoal basket etc
Richie
 

JC in GB

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Welcome from Wisconsin.

Lots of great folks and advice to be had here.

JC :emoji_cat:
 

AirForceDan

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Look in the UDS section for ideas you may need more air going in, a charcoal basket etc
Richie
Thanks, will do! I want to try my hand at briskets, but am loathe to do so until I gain better control of the heat. As it is, I have a hard time getting the heat above 230. I made a 8lb Boston butt this past weekend. After wrapping for the stall I tried to power through the back half by putting on the lower rack and dumping in a chimney load of hot lump coals. Went up to 315, then trickled down to 275 where it hung for hours
 

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Welcome from Indiana!
Sounds like you're already on your way to learning your smoker...
 

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Thanks, will do! I want to try my hand at briskets, but am loathe to do so until I gain better control of the heat. As it is, I have a hard time getting the heat above 230. I made a 8lb Boston butt this past weekend. After wrapping for the stall I tried to power through the back half by putting on the lower rack and dumping in a chimney load of hot lump coals. Went up to 315, then trickled down to 275 where it hung for hours
Dan here is a link that maybe be able to help you more.
Richie
 

noboundaries

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Welcome from NorCal, Dan. Glad you're here and loving the smoke. Thank you for your support and defense of the Constitution.

Enjoy the forum (and your coffee)!

Ray
 

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Welcome from Gilbert, AZ! If you can stay around 275º for extended periods the world is at your command, tropics tropics has you steered in the right direction. Thank you for your service! RAY
 

AirForceDan

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Welcome from Gilbert, AZ! If you can stay around 275º for extended periods the world is at your command, tropics tropics has you steered in the right direction. Thank you for your service! RAY
Gilbert, Az? I know that town. My wife and I were stationed in Tucson for the best 6 years of my life! Every time it gets cold here in PA, we always talk of transferring back
 

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