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Old 05-30-2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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Question BWS Competitor

help needed, I have a recently purchased BWS Competitor with a 25cfm BBQ guru, I have problems cooking hot and fast, I cannot get temp above 275 (best case). I appreciate any thoughts. I am using water (usually boiled before filling)...using cowboy characol, my guru is in back left. I start fire in back left. I have pulled heat deflector, but that just boils water faster...need some advice. thanks in advance.
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:39 PM   #2
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try cooking without water and put a couple foil pans to catch the drippings before they hit the water pan... I dont cook on one, but that is my best guess...
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:41 PM   #3
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scratch the water first and see what happens... Next, try a different charcoal.
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:26 PM   #4
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I agree. Go dry. The water isn't going to get above 212 so it's holding your temp down.
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:43 AM   #5
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Is the temp displaying the same on both the dial thermometer and the guru?
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:48 AM   #6
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your going to need more lit charcoal.
try 2 full chimney's going to need a roaring fire to get that hot with the water inside.
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:16 AM   #7
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Huh I have a BWS Compeditor myself and have no problem at all. I use a mix of Kingford and rowal oak.
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:23 AM   #8
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I also have a Competitor and the "no water" suggestion will work. I found this out accidentally the first time I cooked with no water...the temp was at about 325F and still climbing before I finally turned it around! You can use some fire-brick in the water pan and, as someone else mentioned, put some pans or foil in to catch the drippings.
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:45 AM   #9
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Def. no water will do the trick. Otherwise start with hot/boiling water and 2 chimneys.

At any rate, hot and fast cooking + water is a touch combination.
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And if none of the above works, try getting up to temp before attaching the Guru. Give it an hour or so to get up to temp.
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:45 PM   #11
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Should be no problem go with briquettes I have had my Pro Comp hog up to 325 with water very easily. Get her up to about 175 before you add your water also.
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