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Wont drop below 250 and tons of smoke

Jmk33764

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First let me say hey. Just put the dyna glo wide body together and now doing First season. With everything shut it won't drop below 250 on factory gage. If I open the fire box vent a hair temp climbs way up. And tons of smoke no matter what I do. Any suggestions.?
 

smokerjim

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not familiar with your smoker but do you have your top vent wide open, how much charcoal, wood are you trying to burn, i would close the firebox vent and make sure top vent is open but maybe this is where these run at, i'm sure someone with more knowledge will be around to help you. also welcome to smf
 

smokeymose

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Too much fuel maybe? Are you using charcoal or wood?
By the way, I can't keep my off-set below 250 or 260 and keep a thin blue smoke. I run around 260 to 280 usually.
 

Hamdrew

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Like they asked, wood or charcoal, and are you using lit, ashed over coals? There will always be some thick smoke as charcoal/wood lights, requiring some finesse. Add lit coals, and when adding wood splits, keep the firebox open for a few minutes to "burn off". Some people don't start until after burning down a few splits to a bed of coals, then slowly/carefully adding them.

Those vertical offsets are designed to be efficient, and it sounds like yours is. You could use water on the bottom rack as a ~225*F heat sink til you figure it out, but you definitely do not want too much thick smoke.
 

Jmk33764

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Like they asked, wood or charcoal, and are you using lit, ashed over coals? There will always be some thick smoke as charcoal/wood lights, requiring some finesse. Add lit coals, and when adding wood splits, keep the firebox open for a few minutes to "burn off". Some people don't start until after burning down a few splits to a bed of coals, then slowly/carefully adding them.

Those vertical offsets are designed to be efficient, and it sounds like yours is. You could use water on the bottom rack as a ~225*F heat sink til you figure it out, but you definitely do not want too much thick smoke.
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Like they asked, wood or charcoal, and are you using lit, ashed over coals? There will always be some thick smoke as charcoal/wood lights, requiring some finesse. Add lit coals, and when adding wood splits, keep the firebox open for a few minutes to "burn off". Some people don't start until after burning down a few splits to a bed of coals, then slowly/carefully adding them.

Those vertical offsets are designed to be efficient, and it sounds like yours is. You could use water on the bottom rack as a ~225*F heat sink til you figure it out, but you definitely do not want too much thick smoke.
Hardwood lump. Half chimney. Lit with paper towel and a little oil on it. Let it burn for 20 minutes till it turned almost white. Put it in fire box with 4 chunks of apple wood. Had top vent open firebox half open. Tons of smoke at 250. Opened firebox all the way. Kept climbing and even more smoke. Closed top vent nothing changed. Opened top and closed firebox. Same thing. All changes I waited 20 minutes to see if any made a difference.
 

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