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Unread 02-24-2013, 11:24 AM   #1
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Default WSM closed-vent temp. hold duration?

Question for the more experienced...

Did my 4th WSM long-cook Friday. ~38 degrees, calm/light wind.

Full ring of KBB w/ about half a chimney. Foiled ceramic saucer/no water. The door hole is covered w/ double-sheet foil under the door.

After the fire calmed down, temp was 274* (grate), and on went the picnic. For experimentation purposes, I closed all bottom vents. Temp held 270*+/- 5* for 5 hrs. When it began to drop I adjusted the vents to regain/maintain temp.

Is that the general expected temp. hold/duration w/ closed vents?
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If I close my vents the temp drops almost immediately.
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Yikes. Sounds like I've got serious leakage!
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I agree, you've got a leak in the smoker body.
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New WSM don't seal well until the first few times. Also, the middle section could be out of round. Measure it and see. If it is, you can lat it on its side and gently push down.
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If I close my vents the temp drops almost immediately.
^ This.
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If you can see a gap call Weber customer service. They will send you a new mid section. They sent me 2 before I go one that fit right when I bought my second WSM.
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Yep. It's leakin'.
When I close the vents on mine, the fire starts to go out right away.
All of mine are used, and all of them required just a little tweaking to get them to seal right.
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Ok, we are talking about just the bottom vents, right?
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Yes.
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