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alfredbot9000 03-27-2013 04:25 PM

PBC Running Hot (starting using chimney)
 
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I received my PBC the other week and it has been great. It's running hotter than I would like, but I want to make sure I'm starting it right.

Here's been my method:

1. Fill Charcoal Basket (since its new I didn't want to start tinkering with amounts of unlit) and return to inside drum.
2. Fill a chimney -
1st cook I used as written on PBC website of 1/4 of the unlit charcoal from basket and I sky rocketed to 350 right after I put my rebar in
2nd cook used a little more than a 1/4 of a chimney full.
3. Wait till coals are ashed over and pour on top of unlit charcoal baset
4. Put in rebar and cover
5.* Both times I've been behind on food prep time, so its usually about 10 min after I've added the coals to the drum before I get my food on, but I do have the rebar and lid on

Both times my temps SKYROCKETED to 350*+. I have my vent at the factory preset, but have had on both occasions had to drop it down to what is closed to get my temp in control and bring my temps closer to 325*.

The only thing that I do that seems different is step 5 in that I've been behind in getting my food on, but the rebar and lid are on while thats happening...can't see that being the reason its getting that hot, but I could be wrong.

I have posted a picture of the factory preset opening.

How are you guys lighting your PBC with a chimney and how is it working out?

NorthwestBBQ 03-27-2013 04:40 PM

Close the vent down.

DownHomeQue 03-27-2013 04:41 PM

less air intake equals less temp... So close her down a little...

fantomlord 03-27-2013 04:43 PM

a PBC never runs too hot. nor does it run too cold. it runs precisely at the temperature it means to.

of course, if that's hotter than you would like it, just close the vent a little.

---k--- 03-27-2013 06:56 PM

That intake looks open wider than I would expect. Hard to tell. Here is mine:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-I...-22-25_504.jpg

Mine seems to be settling in around 280* in 30* - 40* weather. I expect it to run a little hotter when the weather warms up.

Also, I think it all depends on where you're measuring the temperature. Taking a temp at one single spot doesn't give a full picture of what is going on. I'm still trying to figure out how the ribs don't get extremely burned being so close to the fire, but they don't. So, obviously the temp there doesn't matter.

Freddy j 03-27-2013 07:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NorthwestBBQ (Post 2425729)
Close the vent down.

I pulled a magnet off of my refrigerator and used it to close the gap....caz it ran way too hot!

Freddy j 03-27-2013 07:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by alfredbot9000 (Post 2425706)
I received my PBC the other week and it has been great. It's running hotter than I would like, but I want to make sure I'm starting it right.

Here's been my method:

1. Fill Charcoal Basket (since its new I didn't want to start tinkering with amounts of unlit) and return to inside drum.
2. Fill a chimney -
1st cook I used as written on PBC website of 1/4 of the unlit charcoal from basket and I sky rocketed to 350 right after I put my rebar in
2nd cook used a little more than a 1/4 of a chimney full.
3. Wait till coals are ashed over and pour on top of unlit charcoal baset
4. Put in rebar and cover
5.* Both times I've been behind on food prep time, so its usually about 10 min after I've added the coals to the drum before I get my food on, but I do have the rebar and lid on

Both times my temps SKYROCKETED to 350*+. I have my vent at the factory preset, but have had on both occasions had to drop it down to what is closed to get my temp in control and bring my temps closer to 325*.

The only thing that I do that seems different is step 5 in that I've been behind in getting my food on, but the rebar and lid are on while thats happening...can't see that being the reason its getting that hot, but I could be wrong.

I have posted a picture of the factory preset opening.

How are you guys lighting your PBC with a chimney and how is it working out?

I've figured out the problem! Your PBC is on its side, it you stand it upright, it should work put fine.

flyingbassman5 03-27-2013 07:39 PM

I only start with 10 to 15 briquettes. A 1/4 chimney full, especially if using the large weber brand one, will yield too hot of a temp when they are completely ashed over. Next time try only 10 or 12 briquettes and see if that helps. Works great for me. Also, I've learned that the PBC is a cooker that likes to heat up but not cool down and since their is no effective way to control intake, the temps depends a lot on how hot your starting fire is aka how many lit briquettes you start with.

My $.02..

code3rrt 03-27-2013 07:57 PM

I had the same issue, so changing the intake is likely the best option.

KC

BBQchef33 03-27-2013 08:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flyingbassman5 (Post 2425920)
I only start with 10 to 15 briquettes. A 1/4 chimney full, especially if using the large weber brand one, will yield too hot of a temp when they are completely ashed over. Next time try only 10 or 12 briquettes and see if that helps. Works great for me. Also, I've learned that the PBC is a cooker that likes to heat up but not cool down and since their is no effective way to control intake, the temps depends a lot on how hot your starting fire is aka how many lit briquettes you start with.

My $.02..

^^^^^
this worked best for me, start with less fuel, WATCH IT CLOSLEY at the beginning and dont let it get to happy. After I add the lit coals to the baskert, i wait 10 minutes and put the cover on and watch where the temp settles in.. If its to low, i crack the lid, SLIGHTLY.. and watch it closly. Once it settles in at 270, i put the lid all the way on, and it takes a few minutes to settle at 280-290.

also, uyour does look open much more than mine.. mines open about halfway.

THEdexaTRON 03-27-2013 09:28 PM

I've used half of the smaller chimney lit and poured into the charcoal basket. I immediately put the rebar and lid on. I wait a few mins to let the cooker get warmed up and put my meat on.
My intake is opened about half way

J-Rod 03-27-2013 09:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fantomlord (Post 2425737)
a PBC never runs too hot. nor does it run too cold. it runs precisely at the temperature it means to.

Only if the PBC is named Gandalf:bounce:

alfredbot9000 03-27-2013 11:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Freddy j (Post 2425886)
I pulled a magnet off of my refrigerator and used it to close the gap....caz it ran way too hot!

I used one the other day to get the temps down!

alfredbot9000 03-27-2013 11:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Freddy j (Post 2425893)
I've figured out the problem! Your PBC is on its side, it you stand it upright, it should work put fine.

Oh crap! I've been drinking waaaay to many beers while smoking to realize my barrel fell over.....I guess when you drink till you fall over everything looks right side up?

hcj3rd 03-28-2013 09:36 AM

I fill up my charcoal basket then take out 15 briquets and light them in the chimney. When they are hot I will pour over unlit coals. I usually wait about 10-12 minutes before I put the lid on. Once I put the lid on it usually is at about 310-320. Once I add the meat it drops into the 280-290 range.


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