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Unread 03-13-2007, 05:46 PM   #76
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I did check my thermo and it was off 17* to the low side. Problem solved by the turn of a screw.
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Unread 05-29-2007, 01:52 PM   #77
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Default white smoke

Okay- I have seen the white smoke = bitter.

What makes the white smoke or how do you deal with it? Is it too much wood, the charcoal not burned long enough???

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Okay- I have seen the white smoke = bitter.

What makes the white smoke or how do you deal with it? Is it too much wood, the charcoal not burned long enough???

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Lack of air for combustion. Open the air intake. The beauty of the offsets is that on a lot of them you can open the firebox lid and let the white stuff out before it gets to the smoke box. If you preheat your wood on top of the firebox it will ignite almost instantly when it hits the coals, lessening the white stuff.
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Unread 05-30-2007, 10:12 AM   #79
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I know for me being very new to low and slow, I have just been trying to learn all I can. I have played around a little on my webber kettle with indirect heat and some wood chunks mixed in with my kingford. Seems to work ok but I think the cooking grate may be too close to the fuel on this small grill, do you guys think this could cause problems or is it not a big deal. I know temp in the cooking area is important and I can regulate that well but I'm more concerned about how close the meat is to the fuel.
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One of my biggest mistakes was not giving enough time for a butt to cook. Sure, it was techincally done, but I hadn't given it enough time to tenderized. The result was pulled pork that didn't pull.

Also, a few weeks ago, I dropped my water pan into the charcoal pan. There was lots of cussing to be heard.
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I know for me being very new to low and slow, I have just been trying to learn all I can. I have played around a little on my webber kettle with indirect heat and some wood chunks mixed in with my kingford. Seems to work ok but I think the cooking grate may be too close to the fuel on this small grill, do you guys think this could cause problems or is it not a big deal. I know temp in the cooking area is important and I can regulate that well but I'm more concerned about how close the meat is to the fuel.

rix, when your doing low and slow on a kettle, u need to 'offset' the fuel best you can. A small heap of coal on one side, climbing up the wall and your food on the far other side, or 2 smaller heaps on either side with your food in the middle. I always have a small foil water/drip mpan in the bottom too. It only takes about 20-30 briquettes and a chunk or 2 of wood to maintain the 250 degree range, so its easy to do it with a small heap on one side.
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Unread 05-30-2007, 12:22 PM   #82
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rix, when your doing low and slow on a kettle, u need to 'offset' the fuel best you can. A small heap of coal on one side, climbing up the wall and your food on the far other side, or 2 smaller heaps on either side with your food in the middle. I always have a small foil water/drip mpan in the bottom too. It only takes about 20-30 briquettes and a chunk or 2 of wood to maintain the 250 degree range, so its easy to do it with a small heap on one side.

Alright so the food being close to the fuel is not an issue I guess. I was guessing that was the benefit of the WSM but maybe its the same thing except you can fit more meat on there. Thanks for the info.
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Unread 05-30-2007, 02:31 PM   #83
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I don't know if it has been addresed yet, but when I first started doing large amounts of meat at a time I had a problem with grease fires. (especially while doing pork butts). I now use a drip pan.
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It's been said but I'll reiterate a couple that most applied to me:

1) There is such a thing as too much smoke.
2) Only open the cooker when you have to. Tell anyone that wants to look that they'll have to wait an hour or two...
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Biggest "mistake" (read LIE) that I made was tellin' the wife that the expense of the mobile pit would be the end of the expenses associated with my "BBQ Hobby."

Several items later she KNEW I could not be trusted:

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Tell her the truth. This hobby is going to eat up all of the kid's college money, bills aren't going to get paid before the wood supplier gets his cash, you're gonna smell like smoke most of the time, and blah, blah, blah.

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...I guess she ain't gonna like it!

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Awesome thread. I been scribbling like mad. Many I've dealt with but I really appreciate the info about fire management. I've been trying to understand the principles of it and on one other sight I frequent they just were'nt able to provide the base of knowledge and experience as you all have. Im enjoying. Thanks.
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Too much smoke
Opening the door too often
Putting on only ONE fattie
Not preparing the night before
Relying on time instead of temperature
Putting on too many different things at once
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I had no idea about fire control
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Don't forget about how slick them rubber gloves are! Cooking in a comp on an asphalt parking lot not too long ago, I juggled a 14 pound brisket when it slipped like I was trying to hold onto one of those old water weenies. I had it, then I lost it several times. By the time I picked it up off of the parking lot, it look like I completely covered it with coarse ground sea salt. But wait, wifey went to the local Wal-Mart and bought a cheap flat and my first hot and fast was on the smoker about an hour later. I took 3rd place with that brisket. I dunked the one I dropped and scrubbed with clean water several times and gave it to my starving artist daughter and her roommate. They said it was the best brisket they had ever had. Mums the word on that one.

So, hang on tight when transferring brisket to wrap, pan or whatever.
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Buying cheap equipment- you get what you pay for there is a difference between a good value and cheap.

Not using the right amount of fuel for the task at hand

having your unit setup improperly

Trying to cook difficult items like brisket before mastering your grill- start small and simple

Opening lid too much- if your lookin your not cookin

In the same vein as last one over tending- trying to adjust vents too much too often
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