Vent Mod

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by sqwib, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Vent Mod






    I'm having problems posting pics, sorry.
    I have tried resizing under 600 and they still wont show up but they show up when I am editing the post.

    CHECK out my Pics on webshots under Smoker for more pics.
  2. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Pics didn't show up in your post, but I did check out your webshot pics. Nice vent mod-have you had a chance to use it yet and if so, did it work the way you wanted?
  3. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yes I believe it does work, trying to be positive here.
    Did a test run on some bad jerkey someone made.
    Opened the top all the way and opend the bottom all the way got about 180-190 degrees constant temp with smoke used water in the pan and achieved TBS.
    Although I am happy with that, I played a little more with the adjustment using the needle valve.
    With the needle valve 140-150 degrees was no problem, but dont think it was hot enough to get smoke.
    This leads me to other options
    1) fire up on high get a few chunks smoking reduce heat then add jerkey
    2) use a torch, just want to make sure theres no ashes or they can blow all over your meat
    3) use a smoke generator for better smoke control.
    I am working on # 3 hopefully it will work.

    Other things I want to try
    1) pavers in the bottom of the smoker
    2) replace water in water pan with lava rock.

    My only concern with removing the water is I think I will loose control of the constant temps and will get more fluctuating temps.

    Lets hear from the Jerkey Guys do you use water or not?
    I know the idea is to dry the jerkey, but on the other hand the water maintains even temps.

    Input welcome.
  4. gnubee

    gnubee Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice job on the vent. Hope it all works out for ya

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