test burn problems

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by 3ddiver, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. 3ddiver

    3ddiver Newbie

    I got done building my propane tank smoker and decided to test fire it. The first run I was using wet wood so it wasnt a real good test. Today I was using charcoal and dry wood and I could not get the temo above 250. I have a 26x18x18 firebox on the back of it and a 6 inch hole between the box and smoker. The exhaust is also 6 inches. I had a raging fire inside the fire box and the top of the smoker was too hot to touch. The bottom of the smoker you could lay your hand on. My exhaust stack does go down into the cooker almost to the grates. Can some one suggest something to bring my temps up? I know it is hot enough for smoking but I want to use it as a grill sometimes as well and I think you should be able to get it a lot hotter than it is.
  2. sawruff

    sawruff Fire Starter

    try putting a oven temo on the cooking grates and have the exhaust all the way open air in air out
  3. 3ddiver

    3ddiver Newbie

    I did have the exhaust open all the way but have not set anything on the grates to check temp
  4. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    What kind of thermometer are you using is it reliable. Do the boil test to make sure it is accurate. Then I would put the thermo on the grate starting at one end then slowly moving it across the grate so you can see if there are any temp differences between the two ends of the smoker. Where is your probe positioned right now?
  5. 3ddiver

    3ddiver Newbie

    Right now I just have one from a bbq grill because my other one hasnt arrived yet. I will have to test it. It is located in the door about an inch above the grates. I have a good probe thermometer, I think I saw something about putting it in a piece of wood on the grates? I will have to check into that.

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