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Unread 03-16-2010, 03:54 PM   #1
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Did Ribs on Sat. It was windy, almost right into the fire box. Had no problem with controlling the heat. Today, It's calm and I'm doing a chuck. Can't seem to keep the heat up, (don't even think it).

I'm using a lot more charcoal than I did before, any suggestions?

BTW I'n running the BD wide open.
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Did Ribs on Sat. It was windy, almost right into the fire box. Had no problem with controlling the heat. Today, It's calm and I'm doing a chuck. Can't seem to keep the heat up, (don't even think it).

I'm using a lot more charcoal than I did before, any suggestions?

BTW I'n running the BD wide open.

Blow in the fire box?
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Did you move your coals/sticks close to the smoker opening/baffle? I have found that can make a huge difference!
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Put a stick on it, that seems to help some.
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Blow in the fire box?
Spoken like a true Texan.
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pull out the weed burner??
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Spoken like a true Texan.
Well.....uhh, actually my shop air compressor is always on and the air hose is only six feet from my grill. I admit I have, on occasions, when no ones looking, stoked the fire with the air nozzle. It sure does work!
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Mmm.... that nice ash-flavored bark layer!
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You want something thats works... Break out a STHIL yard blower... or what ever brand you have... Good for starting chimneys also...
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You will get twice the heat from a wood fire than from a charcoal fire or wood/charcoal fire.

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Could be a bad batch of charcoal. Happens sometimes. The charcoal is harder to burn and the temps never get very high.
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Thanks all for the tips. As always, I'm still learnin.
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