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ccarter 07-11-2012 08:58 AM

Starting a Backwoods Smoker
I'm within a couple of weeks of getting a BWS. I've been looking through these forums for as much info as I can get, and found a lot of great stuff.

As far as bringing the smoker up to temp, has anyone tried starting the charcoal and putting it in the bottom of the smoker with the diverter and water pan both removed until the smoker comes up to temp? With the insulation I'm thinking this method might be good to get the cooking chamber warmed up a little faster. Once it's come up to temp I'd add the diverter and water pan, then pour hot water in the pan and let the smoker settle on temp before adding the food.

Anyone have any thoughts about this?

Also, I'm trying to get a good idea of just how many back rib racks I could get into a unit. I'm looking at the Chubby and the Party. I'm hearing that trying to fit 3 rib racks on each cooking rack would clog up the airflow too much. It's pretty rare that I need to cook a LOT of food, but I do want to know just how much I can expect to get in there.

Thanks for the help!

fnbish 07-11-2012 09:16 AM

Here are a couple of threads I did recently testing out a party that gave pretty good detail. Great cooker. So easy to use. One thread shows ribs in there. 3 slabs would be tight on 1 rack. I cooked 3 slabs and used 2 racks. Not sure how it would affect airflow if you put all 3 on 1.

As for bringing the smoker up to temp it took about an hour to get to 225 with the water pan in which to me isn't long. I put the diverter in after it came to temp to help get the water steaming. I don't know if keeping both out would help. There are many other more experienced backwoods folks out there, but I bet it won't give you that much of a jump start if any. It gets going pretty quick as it is.

hav 07-11-2012 09:24 AM

I don't own one, but at a comp a couple of years ago, one of the other teams used a Weed Burner to heat-up the inside of the smoker. I guess he was 'cleaning the grates', but it in-fact got him close to temp. He was up and running in no time.

Big George's BBQ 07-11-2012 09:39 AM

I do not own one but I would imagine that if you put those in after you reach your temp your temp will drop and have to restabilize again I would have it set up and bring it to Temp If looking at a Party look at the extended party. If looking at the chubby check out Guru's Onyx Cookers which is essentially a Backwoods

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