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Too hot

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by theoldman, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. theoldman

    theoldman Fire Starter

    I've got a Brinkman offset smoker I'm learning on, using native oak splits.  Trying to keep the bonnet temp at 210-250 with no luck.

    If i get a big enough fire to keep it burning, temp goes to 350 - 400.  If i damper it down and make a smaller blaze it goes out.  What's the secret
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF glad you joined us. What are you using for fuel?
  3. theoldman

    theoldman Fire Starter

    Native oak that I have split - using very small piecesl
  4. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    Most people use lump charcoal for the heat and just add wood chunks for flavor unless its a heavy duty unit. With that being said if you want to burn straight wood I would suggest letting it burn down until you have a bed of coals then just add small wood splits to maintain the fire. Leave the top vent wide open and adjust the fire using the intakes on the fire box.
  5. richoso1

    richoso1 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF, I see Jerry has given you great advise. It's all good my friend.
  6. theoldman

    theoldman Fire Starter

    Gonna try smoking some chickens for the first time tomorrow - I'll take your advice and let you know what happens.  Piney woods - where at in Fl - me too.
  7. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    I had a new braunfuls offset that is heavier than the brinkman. Neither is designed to be a stick burner. It is designed to use charcoal w/ a few wood chunks for smoke.. The fire is hard enough to controll w/ coals  much less wood. Have you done the mods to your brinkman??/
  8. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    Crystal River or Quincy just kinda depends on my schedule where are you at?
  9. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    First off Welcome Oldman to SMF. I see that Jerry has set you on your way to some great smokes to come in your very near future. You'll like it here for there are alot of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking. Now there are alot of proven recipes for some amazing things here too. Now if your really new you should sign up for the E-Course it's free and it will give you the basicson smoking meat and some really good techinues too. Then the next big thing for you to do is go out and get you something to smoke and if you happen to have any questions just post it here and we will be happy to answer them for you.

    Welcome To Your New Addiction    
  10. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview. [​IMG]
  11. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member


    Welcome to SMF, Glad to have you with us.

    This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.

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  12. theoldman

    theoldman Fire Starter

    I'm in Pomona Park, 75 miles S of Jax -guess were a long ways apart. did the chickens today, brined them overnight, and built a bed of coals and used small oak splits, worked out well and tasted better.
  13. theoldman

    theoldman Fire Starter

    Haven't done any mods yet, but the three chickens I did today, the one next to the fire box got pretty brown pretty fast, so guess I'd better look into some mods.  I'd very much like to have a heavier smoker, but bought this one at a yard sale for $30, cleaned it up and painted it - looks brand new, figured it was good enought to learn on.  Like the size for two of us, but want to burn wood, so probably better keep looking for a heavier firebox.