The SMOKE is on!!

Discussion in 'Pork' started by wirenutt, Mar 7, 2008.

  1. Hello everyone

    Well, this is to be my 2nd attempt at smoking. My 1st was last weekend, but unfortunately i was using my new smoke hollow #6. I trusted the thermometer that came on the was almost 90 degrees off!!! With advice from this site, i checked the thermo in boiling my surprise it was around 211 degrees, so i then went out and bought a digital probe thermo. to make a long story short, the factory thermo that came on this unit did not have a probe on it long enough to extend through the door completely...thus giving an inaccurate i will use a digital for smoker temps as well. The smoker even on its lowest setting still would not maintain a low enough temp to smoke, so i added a gas valve before the burner so i can get below the factory set "safe minimum" temp...did a test run and was able to hold temps as low as 200.
    I will be trying a butt with jeffs rub on it using the tried and true method most everyone on this site is using....wish me luck!!! LOVE THIS SITE[​IMG] thanks, Blake
  2. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    WooHOO! You go and kick that butt, Blake! Mmm can smell the thin blue and sizzling mop now... SSssss... :{)
  3. Thanks Rich!
    i do have one question for you. when using a digital thermo for smoker temps, can the probe be touching the grate or will that give a bad reading?? i have a small piece of ss wire that i made a hook from, i was planning on hanging it under the grate that i will be cooking on.
  4. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Well good luck on the smoke! Besure to post us some q-view!
  5. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Typically, probes measure temps at their tip. Now...heat CAN travel down the length from the rear and afftect the reading thru conduction, but it's a slight issue. Avoid contact with the grate if you can if you can't... I doubt it'll be much of a problem since the tip is buried into the meat.
  6. ibsmoking

    ibsmoking Smoke Blower

    I use a small piece of wood and drilled a hole in it and put the probe in it. that will keep it about in inch or so off the grate
  7. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    don't put the probe UNDER the grate, put it where the meat is gonna be, on top of the grate![​IMG] Your post says that the therm you had read 211 degrees in boiling water, thats only 1 degree off!
  8. smokeys my pet

    smokeys my pet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Wirenutt, Glad the mod worked for ya. If I set the dial on the front of the smoker to the lowest setting and back the inline valve down I CAN MAINTAIN 150* which is great for fish jerky and things of that nature!!!!!!!!!!!Again good luck with all your smokin adventures and thanks for the points!!!!!!!!!!![​IMG]
  9. thanks for the guys are great!! well, the time is growing near...i can already smell the smoke! just finished rubbing down my butt so i need to get it back in fridge. plan on starting 5am in morning so we can have some Q for supper[​IMG]

    will try to post some pics..thanks again
  10. Hey IB....

    ROLL TIDE!!!
  11. how did it go?...your not going to share are you?[​IMG]

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