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Old 11-08-2010, 04:31 PM   #7141
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Originally Posted by Bronco75 View Post
OK need a little beginners help here... Hammered out a smoker over the last few days... fired it up this AM and I am hitting temps of 400-500 degrees..even with all the air inlets closed.
I put in about 15lbs of KF mesquite charcoal and man the temps are flying high. Does that charcoal burn too hot for this application or did I put in too much.
I know a lot of people said they use chunk but the local store did not have it. Help!
Couple things...

First, can you describe your build or take photos? That will help determine if there are any flaws in the design or build. What kind of lid are you using?

Second, how are you lighting your charcoal? My guess would be that you lit too many briqs to begin with. Once that fire gets hot its hard to get back down. When you say all the vents were closed, did the fire die after a bit?
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