- - Bandera problems
11-23-2012 01:19 PM
Smoked thanksgiving turkey yesterday in my BANDERA. Had no trouble keeping temp control. But i blew through a whole bag of Kingston blue in about three hours. Is this normal in the BANDERA? How can i slow this down?
11-23-2012 01:24 PM
If the temp was ok in the smoker chamber, it probably wasn't in the fire box, I'm guessing your fire box was running full throttle due to an air leak in the box area
11-23-2012 01:46 PM
I got this smoker for free and it needs some work. I plan on sealing a few spots that need it and add a charcoal basket. Should this help or is there more i can do as far as how i operate it.
11-23-2012 01:56 PM
Easy Burn Wood not Charcoal:mrgreen:
11-23-2012 01:59 PM
Is wood easier to control?
11-23-2012 02:01 PM
Banderas are known as fuel hogs. But the same issue that is problematic for hot cooks (firebox shedding alot of heat that doesn't get through the food cabinet) also makes them great cold smokers for bacon, fish, cheese etc. If you ever go to a different smoker like a WSM as many Bandera owners did, hang on to it for cold smokes. They DO cook good Q, just require more fuel, fine tuning, babysitting than WSMs, UDSs etc.
11-23-2012 02:04 PM
Bandera's lose a lot of heat out of the lid to the fire box and through the sides and bottom of the firebox. I lined mine with thin fire brick and sealed off the lid with a 1/2" plate of steel, it doesn't have to be that thick, but I'm using mine as a griddle. That fixed the problem.
11-23-2012 02:20 PM
Thanks this helps and gives me something to start with.