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!
x2 on to much charcoal. Your basket may hold 15 pounds but you need about half of that and it will last 12 + hours.
When did you shut the valves? I found that it is easier to control the temps on the way up than trying to lower the temps after they are to high.
I close one valve at 150, the second one at 200 and start closing the third at 225.