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LordlyMantis
01-14-2014, 01:13 AM
I was wondering if anyone with a gravity fed smoker has been able to maintain it at 150. I'm looking at possibly augmenting or replacing my current pellet grill with a gravity fed. Beef jerky and bacon are two of my mainstay products though and I smoke both of them at 150. Would I be able to do that with the gravity fed?

Thanks

Pappy Q
01-14-2014, 05:43 AM
Sure, it's all about fire management. Controlling the amount of air to the fuel.

eddieh70301
01-14-2014, 06:22 AM
I have a Stumps and just recently started cold smoking sausage and beef sticks then low temp smokes. I run a Guru and have trouble keeping temps in the 120-145 range. The sweet spot for my smoker is 150-160 and it holds at that temp. Just need to be alert if winds pick up as it will increase the temps. I just so happened on the two weekends I needed the wind to be calm it was the opposite so that probably played a part in the temp spikes. It can be done.

I am actually looking for a smoker for just sausage, jerky and sticks. Looking at electric and propane.

pjcd
01-14-2014, 05:36 PM
Gotta comment, I'm smoking a couple of shoulders and I'm having trouble getting the temps above 245, Every thing is wide open and its having trouble staying at 245-250, never had a issue with low temp control, I have a Stumps Smoker, I'm not big on using the guru, (although I have one)

eddieh70301
01-14-2014, 07:07 PM
Do you have enough of your charcoal lit? I've always used a guru mainly because I didn't want to worry about temp fluctuations.

GoolsbyMD
01-14-2014, 07:57 PM
Gotta comment, I'm smoking a couple of shoulders and I'm having trouble getting the temps above 245, Every thing is wide open and its having trouble staying at 245-250, never had a issue with low temp control, I have a Stumps Smoker, I'm not big on using the guru, (although I have one)

My stumps is solid from 225 (never tried lower) and up to 475.

eddieh70301
01-14-2014, 08:00 PM
150 is about as low as I can get-never took it past 350 with the exception of a grease fire.

eddieh70301
01-14-2014, 08:03 PM
Gotta comment, I'm smoking a couple of shoulders and I'm having trouble getting the temps above 245, Every thing is wide open and its having trouble staying at 245-250, never had a issue with low temp control, I have a Stumps Smoker, I'm not big on using the guru, (although I have one)

check to make sure your charcoal is falling down in the chute-sometime when using lump, pieces might get lodged in the chute, called bridging. If that happens then the charcoal will not fall down and will not light. Take a stick or broom handle and shove down the chute to dislodge any charcoal that may be stuck.

Gerrit_Boys
01-14-2014, 10:27 PM
You should be able to make a short grate about 1" tall by the dimension of your chute and hold it up while you slide the fire grate in under it. That'll give you a smaller area of fire burning and should make it easier to maintain lower temp.