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Pbeyda 05-30-2012 08:32 PM

BWS Competitor
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.

indianagriller 05-30-2012 08:39 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...

MilitantSquatter 05-30-2012 08:41 PM

scratch the water first and see what happens... Next, try a different charcoal.

Ron_L 05-30-2012 09:26 PM

I agree. Go dry. The water isn't going to get above 212 so it's holding your temp down.

5-0 BBQ 05-31-2012 06:43 AM

Is the temp displaying the same on both the dial thermometer and the guru?

Goddahavit 05-31-2012 06:48 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.

Shiz-Nit 05-31-2012 07:16 AM

Huh I have a BWS Compeditor myself and have no problem at all. I use a mix of Kingford and rowal oak.

The Cosmic Pig 05-31-2012 07:23 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.

Jaskew82 05-31-2012 07:45 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 07:48 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.

smokinit 05-31-2012 02:45 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.

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