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Old 04-07-2012, 02:45 AM   #31
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I've posted this before, but here goes.

On the charcoal grate goes a ring filled with briquettes and wood chips.

Then directly over that a pizza stone sits on the cooking grate.

Then a 18" by 3" deep round cake pan sits on the stone. Inside the pan is a rack that sits about halfway up from the bottom of the pan.

Then water goes in the pan, and the food goes on the rack.

That was two untrimmed racks of spares that I fit in there. So far I have only used it for ribs, but I see a brisket in the near future.
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Old 04-07-2012, 08:50 AM   #32
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Default Smokenator all the way....

The Smokenator 1000 seems to do the trick for me. The only thing I do differently from the instructions is I do not use the included water pan, I use a meat loaf pan and set it on the cooking grate. This way I can move it so that the liquids don't boil dry so fast....


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Old 07-28-2013, 10:11 PM   #33
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I see this thread is older but it has some good pics/ideas. What about air control for you all that bank coals on one side - esp on the Silvers with the 3 blade system? wouldn't it be best to only have air incoming thru the one on the coal side or has it not mattered? I just bent up a Pizza pan for a homemade smokenador that I wanna tryout this week but thinking I may add a spare air intake/damper to that side for smoking purposes and just keep the 3 blade system closed?
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:29 AM   #34
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Dont hack it up, i have the 3 blades almost closed, if you wanted to block two off just use that metal tape loks like this
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:17 AM   #35
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I like to build a wall with the wood I am using to smoke. The wood only burns where there are hot coals. I can reuse this set up mulitple times. The top one is with whiskey barrel slats and the bottom one is with oak pieces.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:37 AM   #36
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Like others, I've been using my Smokenator, without the water bowl, more often for LnS.
The amount of charcoal I use in it keeps the temperature consistent.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:21 AM   #37
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Here is what I have used with great success. I have gotten 10-12 hours depending on conditions and cook temp, sometimes with coals left over. I put a drip pan on top of the brick.

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Old 07-29-2013, 09:47 AM   #38
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Originally Posted by fingerlickin' View Post
I have a question for those who bury the chunks in the coals. Do you have a problem with bad smoke, as in not thin blue? I don't have a kettle, yet, but my dad has been performer that I would like to show him how to use. :) I know when I start my egg I throw the chunks on top and it takes a little while to get the thin blue.
If you bury them and use some form of the Minion Method, they will heat up before igniting, decreasing the chance of getting "bad smoke".
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:55 AM   #39
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If you really want to gain control you must control the air and direct it to the base of the fire so it is draw up and through it. I cover the unused portion of the coal grate with Foil and make sure it seals at the union of the grate and the body of the kettle.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:02 AM   #40
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Thanks for posting this thread, I'm seeing some really great ideas. Here is what I've used so far on my 26.75 OTG, similar to a lot of others.

I got a used 2" X 16" pizza pan from my local restaurant supply place cheap ($3.00). It works centered on the grate with a complete ring of charcoal but so far I've only used it as pictured, a 3-1/2 cook and had about 1/3 of the charcoal left over. I do like the CI ideas.

Edit-PS: I'll also just use a couple firebricks to split the grill surface when I want to smoke indirect for a while then do a direct reverse rear (chicken,steaks, tri-tip, etc.). I'll be adding Bludawg's technique for air control to this in the future!
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Old 07-30-2013, 01:24 AM   #41
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Good ideas and thanks for the pictures. Im going to try my first smoke thjs weekend.
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Old 04-19-2015, 12:07 PM   #42
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Old 04-19-2015, 04:07 PM   #43
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That's me too. If ya foil that drip pan you can 4 or 5 runs out of it...

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Old 04-19-2015, 04:46 PM   #44
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I'll be saving this thread for future reference for sure!

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Old 04-19-2015, 05:16 PM   #45
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This is Pork Loin with Corn Cob and Potatoes in foil. This was the most tender and juicy meat I have had or cooked.

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