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Pooj17
08-25-2012, 02:55 PM
Another rookie question...should I keep the top on the smokestack during cooking? Or keep it open? Or maybe I should ask when it should be moved open and shut? Thanks!

Ye Olde Party Palace
08-25-2012, 03:18 PM
ALWAYS keep it open during the entire cook. Closing the top vent traps the smoke and can leave a bitter flavor. :wink:

Pooj17
08-25-2012, 03:29 PM
Sounds good to me today just keep adding logs to the firebox to can keep the heat?

Digger038
08-25-2012, 04:48 PM
Always leave the top open all the way, use the one on the firebox to keep temp.

mbshop
08-25-2012, 05:24 PM
are you refering to the char griller ? if so, have you done the exhaust mod ? otherwise, yep, exhaust open all the time.

DLR
08-25-2012, 05:47 PM
If it is a Chargriller take the cap off completely then use the little spring and put it between the nut and wall of your intake damper of the SFB that'll keep it from getting loose and flopping around.

Bludawg
08-25-2012, 06:17 PM
You need to go back and read your PM's

dbq
08-26-2012, 09:48 AM
I actually have to close my top damper, maybe 1/4 depending on the wind, to maintain even temps across my grates. Strong wind seems to tend to pull it out the top too fast. I've never had to close it more than 1/3 and haven't noticed any stale smoke.

mbshop
08-26-2012, 10:09 PM
i actually put a 2 ft piece of dryer duct over the exhaust and bend the end to point down wind and that seems to calm the exhaust.

HOG WILD BBQ
08-27-2012, 03:02 PM
leave it open so it will draw, been cooking on mine for years. GREAT cooker for the money

olewarthog
08-28-2012, 01:43 PM
In high wind, i use foil to create a wind screen around the top of the chimney.

Bludawg
08-28-2012, 03:24 PM
I added a section to mine with a bologna slice and it looks kool too.
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae164/Bludawg51/DSCF0015.jpg

Q-Dat
08-28-2012, 03:34 PM
I added a section to mine with a bologna slice and it looks kool too.
http://i968.photobucket.com/albums/ae164/Bludawg51/DSCF0015.jpg

Hey hows that remote thermometer holding up? I bought three of them, and I have been amazed at how they have been for about $10 each.