喫煙者
The BBQ BRETHREN FORUMS.


Forum Portal Recipes Smoke Signals Magazine Welocme Merchandise Associations Purchase Subscription Brethren Banners
Go Back   The BBQ BRETHREN FORUMS. > Discussion Area > Q-talk

Notices

Q-talk *ON TOPIC ONLY* QUALITY ON TOPIC discussion of Backyard BBQ, grilling, Equipment and just outdoor cookin' in general, hints, tips, tricks & techniques, success, failures... but stay on topic. And watch for that hijacking.


Reply
Thread Tools
Unread 06-06-2013, 08:29 AM   #1
bobaftt
is one Smokin' Farker
 
Join Date: 04-12-08
Location: Chattanooga TN
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default another guru question

I have a guru on a WSM. when I shut down all the vents and let the guru control the temperature I don't get thin blue smoke. When I open the top vent it doesn't seem to be able to control the temp as well. What am I doning wrong?
__________________
Weber Smokey Mountain "C" Club
bobaftt is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 06-06-2013, 09:01 AM   #2
Ron_L
Moderator
 
Ron_L's Avatar
 
Join Date: 12-09-04
Location: Chicago 'Burbs
Downloads: 1
Uploads: 0
Default

I've never used a Guru on my WSMs, but closing the top vent seems like a bad idea. You need someplace for the exhaust to go. Hopefully someone with experience with a guru and WSM will come along to help.
__________________
"Ron Rico, Boss. You can call me Captain Ron..."

The Naked Fatty!

FEC-100/BWS Party/Memphis Pro SS/PBC/LBGE X 2/SBGE/Mini BGE/Nomad Pellet-matic/Good-One Model 42/WSM X 2/Cookshack Smokette 008/Weber Performer/Saber Cast 500/Weber Gasser (RIP)/Weber Kettle X 2/Weber Smokey Joe/WGA/UDS/Coffee Roasting Gasser
Ron_L is online now   Reply With Quote


Unread 06-06-2013, 11:44 AM   #3
mwmac
Take a breath!
 
Join Date: 10-13-08
Location: boise, id
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

Use Minion method to light, position smoker temp probe away from food on cooking grate, leave the top vent open, close all bottom vents, set smoker temp, open vent tab on fan, done...
__________________
WSM;Guru;Red SSP;Black Performer; WGA; EZ Que;Craycort;MiniWSM;Cajun Bandit;Ribolator;Red Tpen.
mwmac is offline   Reply With Quote


Thanks from:--->
Unread 06-06-2013, 12:53 PM   #4
Dan - 3eyzbbq
is one Smokin' Farker

 
Dan - 3eyzbbq's Avatar
 
Join Date: 10-10-07
Location: Owings Mills, MD
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

I have quite a bit of experience with the cooker and the Guru's. Keep top vent open about 25%, close all bottom vents other than where the fan blows in. Open your damper all the way. Don't worry about the smoke color, it will change as it warms up.
__________________
Dan Hixon
3 Eyz BBQ
www.3eyzbbq.com

Thanks to our sponsors: The BBQ Guru, Grizzly Coolers, FAB, Yoder Smokers, Big Poppa Smokers (Elite Team) and BBQ Bobís Havín a BBQ
Special thanks to Snake River Farms for the their support as well.
Dan - 3eyzbbq is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 06-06-2013, 08:01 PM   #5
benavidez
Found some matches.
 
benavidez's Avatar
 
Join Date: 05-17-13
Location: jobstown, nj
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

Leave top vent open all the way close the damper on the guru if temp start to jump around.. also are u using all lump?
benavidez is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 06-06-2013, 08:32 PM   #6
yakdung
is one Smokin' Farker
 
Join Date: 04-12-10
Location: Houston, Texas
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

I run a DXII on my 22.5 WSM. All of the vents are closed on the bottom. The damper on the Guru port is about 3/4 open (viper fan). I now stack the charcoal in sort of a mountain shape, only lighting about 4 coals with a handheld propane torch. I do not run the standard fire ring that comes with the WSM. I made a higher ring with #9 flat rolled and tack welded on the ends. I do not worry about smoke color.
yakdung is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 06-07-2013, 10:48 AM   #7
bobaftt
is one Smokin' Farker
 
Join Date: 04-12-08
Location: Chattanooga TN
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

no lump just kingsford.
__________________
Weber Smokey Mountain "C" Club
bobaftt is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 06-07-2013, 11:32 AM   #8
Dan - 3eyzbbq
is one Smokin' Farker

 
Dan - 3eyzbbq's Avatar
 
Join Date: 10-10-07
Location: Owings Mills, MD
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

Why do you guys open the top vent all the way with a Guru? Its a powered draft device. Let the controller/fan blow the air through the cooker. If you open the top vent all the way, you take some control away from the Guru.

Now, without a Guru, open that top vent wide open.

That is what was taught to me by Fred who invented the controller. Just trying to help.
__________________
Dan Hixon
3 Eyz BBQ
www.3eyzbbq.com

Thanks to our sponsors: The BBQ Guru, Grizzly Coolers, FAB, Yoder Smokers, Big Poppa Smokers (Elite Team) and BBQ Bobís Havín a BBQ
Special thanks to Snake River Farms for the their support as well.
Dan - 3eyzbbq is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 06-07-2013, 11:50 AM   #9
bobaftt
is one Smokin' Farker
 
Join Date: 04-12-08
Location: Chattanooga TN
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

the smoke just doesn't ever seem to be thin blue with it closed down. It puffs white smoke instead.
__________________
Weber Smokey Mountain "C" Club
bobaftt is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 06-07-2013, 12:14 PM   #10
Big George's BBQ
somebody shut me the fark up.

 
Big George's BBQ's Avatar
 
Join Date: 02-07-08
Location: Phoenixville, PA
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dan - 3eyzbbq View Post
Why do you guys open the top vent all the way with a Guru? Its a powered draft device. Let the controller/fan blow the air through the cooker. If you open the top vent all the way, you take some control away from the Guru.

Now, without a Guru, open that top vent wide open.

That is what was taught to me by Fred who invented the controller. Just trying to help.

Follow Dan's advice
__________________
Large BIG Green EGG- Hatched 8/17/09
Backwoods Extented Party
Weber Genesis Gasser
Mid Atlantic BBQ Association
KCBS
Back Porch BBQ Competition BBQ Team

When all else fails ask yourself WWGALD
Big George's BBQ is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 06-07-2013, 01:03 PM   #11
mwmac
Take a breath!
 
Join Date: 10-13-08
Location: boise, id
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

From bbqguru faq's http://www.thebbqguru.com/resources/...q-dampers.html
__________________
WSM;Guru;Red SSP;Black Performer; WGA; EZ Que;Craycort;MiniWSM;Cajun Bandit;Ribolator;Red Tpen.
mwmac is offline   Reply With Quote


Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Loading



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:20 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise v2.6.0 Beta 4 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
2003 -2012 © BBQ-Brethren Inc. All rights reserved. All Content and Flaming Pig Logo are registered and protected under U.S and International Copyright and Trademarks. Content Within this Website Is Property of BBQ Brethren Inc. Reproduction or alteration is strictly prohibited.