Originally Posted by Bronco75
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!
I'm guessing you lit too many brickets to start. Temps are really controlled by how many you light to start. You don't need to light much. Maybe 10 - 15 brickets. I don't even wait for them to fully light. Put those on top of 8 - 10 lbs of charcoal, put your lid on, and then watch your temps. Close down at ~180 and ~200 and the temps shouldn't get away from you. 8 - 10 lbs of charcoal is enough for 12 - 16 hours.
I also wouldn't use mesquite. You'll overwhelm the food with smoke flavor. Too much is sometimes a bad thing.