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BBQSamYesIam 12-05-2009 10:37 AM

HELP! Can't get temps up in Pellet Pooper
I need some help! I've got a CS680 pellet pooper. I was planning on doing a brisket today, but can't seem to get the grill up to temp. The ambient air temp is pretty chilly this morning, probably around 40 degrees. Do cold outdoor temps render the poopers useless? I've got the digital control board on my country smoker, and in three start cycles I've only been able to hit a max temp of 130, and it wouldn't even hold that. I cleaned out the burn box prior to starting.
Am I going to have to beg my neighbor to let me use his BGE for my cook in cold weather? Not only is it demoralizing, but can you imagine the embarrassment?!?!?!

Ron_L 12-05-2009 11:06 AM

I'm not an expert on the CS smokers, but that sounds like more than a weather problem to me. I can see where the weather would cause it to use more pellets to hold temp, but not keep it from getting to temp at all. You could try putting a blanket over it to see what happens. If it does get to temp with the blanket just make sure that the blanket doesn't start on fire! A welding blanket would be best.

MillerTime 12-05-2009 11:52 AM

I agree with Ron. 40 degrees isn't cold enough to keep any pellet grill at 130. Something else is wrong. Are new pellets making it into the fire box?

BBQSamYesIam 12-05-2009 12:55 PM

Life is good again. Not exactly sure what was going on, but I started over from scratch, including doing a full cleaning. Grill is now performing as expected and brisket is on board!

Ron_L 12-05-2009 01:02 PM

Cool! I'm glad you were saved the embarrassment of borrowing an Egg :-D

NorthwestBBQ 12-05-2009 01:03 PM

Post pics of your cook please.

Bbq Bubba 12-05-2009 01:18 PM

Plug it in. :)

BBQSamYesIam 12-05-2009 01:51 PM

Plug it in? I thought that plug was for a rotisserie or something! HAHA! Here are some preliminary pics.....I've never posted pics before, so be patient!!

Here's what I've got to work with....using the CS680 on the right today

And here's the brisket after hour 1

BBQSamYesIam 12-05-2009 01:53 PM

Ummmmm......why can I not see my pictures???

Ron_L 12-05-2009 02:39 PM

How did you post them? Here is a good tutorial...

BBQSamYesIam 12-05-2009 03:07 PM

Magical, thanks!!

MillerTime 12-05-2009 03:25 PM

Glad to see everything is working our for you. Lookin good so far.

rcubed3r 12-05-2009 04:31 PM

Curious why you raised a grate like that for the brisket?


BBQSamYesIam 12-05-2009 04:47 PM


Originally Posted by rcubed3r (Post 1103939)
Curious why you raised a grate like that for the brisket?


On previous brisket cooks, I was noticing that the bottom of the brisket was getting "a little crunchy"! On the left side of the grill, the normal grate is pretty close to the heat shield just below it. So, I thought I would try a raised grate to put some more air between the heat shield and the meat. We'll see if it makes a difference.

Candy Sue 12-05-2009 05:27 PM

I don't know how you're getting the ash out of the firepot, but I suspect that your problem was ash build up blocking air flow. Or, funky pellets. I had a fire problem at the contest in Kennedale last month. Fire just wouldn't burn clean. Ended up putting the fire out and cleaning it hot before cooking chicken. It worked, but I won't use mesquite in my mix anymore!

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