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Unread 04-29-2013, 04:29 PM   #31
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Great looking equipment! Really nice smoker!
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you guys both using 25cfm fans with your gurus?
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Sounds like a weed burner to preheat the chamber would be the ticket
Yeah we have used that on Trent's (TTNuge) big clone, that worked ok, but I think we found that a couple splits in the firebox worked better similar to what Dan was saying with a pan full of charcoal.
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I use 25 cfm fans. 3/4 open is the most I keep it open sometimes 1/2 or 1/3 depends on the load of meat. Water is just hot not boiling.
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you guys both using 25cfm fans with your gurus?
Yeah we use 25cfm fans.
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Think the 25cfm may be overkill?
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Think the 25cfm may be overkill?
I think that is what is recommended?
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I was just thinking based on relative size, they recomend a 10cfm for a backwoods competitor. when your fan kicks on, your getting one heck of a temp spike?
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I like the 25 cfm. You can damper it down if needed. You can't increase the CFM of a 10 though.
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Let me know how the burn goes using lump Ryan.
I am a stubborn sucker so I just had to test lump one more time using some of the tips you and Josh provided me! I am pleased to report that the temp has been holding steady at 275 for 2+ hours and temps from bottom rack to top rack are within a few degrees.

Here is what I did, with no water pan since I prefer to cook without water.

* 1/2 Chimney of lit lump poured onto a grate sitting on a 2" sided pan, then placed in the firebox.

* Turn Guru on and set at 275 with damper wide open, let it warm all the metal up and come to temp.

* Get coal basket ready for a horse shoe burn, Josh and Dan both mentioned that less is better with how full you fill the basket. The basket is 6" deep and I filled it maybe 3" full. Leave a small spot to put in some of the lit lump, about the size of a fist is adequate space.

* Once your cooker is up to temp, pull the lit lump out and put about a fistful of it in the space you left in your coal basket. Put basket in the firebox and choke down your guru damper to about 50%.

* I am just doing a test burn today so I am not cooking anything; therefore, I ended up settling with my damper at 25% open, but I bet if I had some meat in there I would be running at 50%.

* I am going to let it go until the temps start to drop, I will report back with a burn time for lump at 275.

Side note - I am not sure if all Guru's are like this but after getting up to temp, I have to unplug my unit and restart it or it continues to blow and over stokes the fire.
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guru should barely blow once you hit the set point. if it sees temp fall, it will start giving some air but at like a 10-20% cycle. and if it overshoots, it def shouldnt be running.
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Can you post some more pics of the toy hauler? I am curious about its space.
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Can you post some more pics of the toy hauler? I am curious about its space.
Here is the thread when it was in the for sale section that has some pics, there is also a video in there that gives a good idea of space.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=154995
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Temp held rock solid for 8 hours, which is a little longer than it usually takes for most of my butts and briskets. I am cooking several butts this weekend so I will take my time and arrange the lump more precisely to see what kind of burn times I can get. I am betting 10-12 hours is possible.
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