Temperature not High enough

Discussion in 'Grilling Chicken' started by mattz, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. I have an off the side smoker and Ive smoked chicken twice now and can't seem to get the heat past 200 degrees no matter how hard I try. Ive tried conventional charcoal, mesquite, and even putting the wood chips foil to keep the heat from going down. I'm definitely a first timer so any tips would help. Thanks
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Is the wood/charcoal in a basket so it has air flow from all directions ????  Wood 'coal sitting on the bottom of a firebox will not breathe... consequently, no heat..... Just a thought, really need to know more..... and pics and what smoker you have would help....  Manufacutrers are notorious for building stuff that doesn't work up to it's potential.... That is why you are here... DUH...!!!!

    Fill in where you are from and what your experience is and your equipment..... There are many folks here willing to help.... Dave

    PS... Glad you found us and WELCOME to the SMF.... enjoy the long smokey ride..... 
  3. big andy a

    big andy a Smoking Fanatic

    Yep, what Dave said.  You have to have good circulation around the fire to get the heat up.  Post some photos and I'm sure someone will jump in and give you the tips to make you smoker work better.

    And, welcome to SMF.

  4. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

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  6. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member


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  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Yep, Lots of guys with Offset Smokers and tons of modifications that can be done to make them work great!...Need more info...JJ
  8. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    how are you checking the temp ? if your going by the guage on the smoker it will be off by 50+ Degrees. mine will say 150 but the temp is 225+.

    lump charcoal works best for me. very little ash build up from lump charcoal.

    build a charcoal basket and raise it up as high as you can in the firebox that way you have a lot air flow and room for the ash.

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