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Unread 07-23-2013, 09:19 AM   #1
HankB
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Default First cook: new to me offset (ride along)

I recently picked up a New Braunfels Black Diamond to see what it would be like to cook on a stick burner. Yesterday I picked up a 14 pound brisket that is about two feet long for this cook. It looks like it will be a better fit in the offset than the 22 WSM.

I started with some mods. These are temporary so I can see how they work. This grill has charcoal greates which I wrapped in heavy duty aliminum foil to convert them to tuning plates.



I also extended the stack to grate level.



Split some oak and box elder I had drying in the back yard.



This morning I lit some lump and used that to light a modest fire.



It turned out to be too modest, only getting the cooker to about 150F before the box elder burned off without getting the oak going. I added more of each and soon the temps in the smoke chamber shot past 300. They leveled off at about 360 at both ends and started to drop. (I'm monitoring cooker temperature with both probes of my ET-732 laying on the grate.) At 320 I put the meat on and threw a couple more splits on.

Now I'm watching cooker temperature and learning the joys of temperature management. And all of you get to ride along for better or worse.
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