help needed, I have a recently purchased BWS Competitor with a 25cfm BBQ guru, I have problems cooking hot and fast, I cannot get temp above 275 (best case). I appreciate any thoughts. I am using water (usually boiled before filling)...using cowboy characol, my guru is in back left. I start fire in back left. I have pulled heat deflector, but that just boils water faster...need some advice. thanks in advance.
05-30-2012 09:39 PM
try cooking without water and put a couple foil pans to catch the drippings before they hit the water pan... I dont cook on one, but that is my best guess...
05-30-2012 09:41 PM
scratch the water first and see what happens... Next, try a different charcoal.
05-30-2012 10:26 PM
I agree. Go dry. The water isn't going to get above 212 so it's holding your temp down.
05-31-2012 07:43 AM
Is the temp displaying the same on both the dial thermometer and the guru?
05-31-2012 07:48 AM
your going to need more lit charcoal.
try 2 full chimney's going to need a roaring fire to get that hot with the water inside.
05-31-2012 08:16 AM
Huh I have a BWS Compeditor myself and have no problem at all. I use a mix of Kingford and rowal oak.
05-31-2012 08:23 AM
I also have a Competitor and the "no water" suggestion will work. I found this out accidentally the first time I cooked with no water...the temp was at about 325F and still climbing before I finally turned it around! :shock: You can use some fire-brick in the water pan and, as someone else mentioned, put some pans or foil in to catch the drippings.
05-31-2012 08:45 AM
Def. no water will do the trick. Otherwise start with hot/boiling water and 2 chimneys.
At any rate, hot and fast cooking + water is a touch combination.
big brother smoke
05-31-2012 08:48 AM
And if none of the above works, try getting up to temp before attaching the Guru. Give it an hour or so to get up to temp.
05-31-2012 03:45 PM
Should be no problem go with briquettes I have had my Pro Comp hog up to 325 with water very easily. Get her up to about 175 before you add your water also.