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AWilliams
06-01-2018, 07:34 AM
Hey guys,
I've had my Redbox smoker for a few months now and I like the consistant 220-235* temps and results it gives me but sometimes I want to cook a little faster and hotter without burning up the thing. Maybe 275*-300* or so. I've seen someone here burn the hell out of their Redbox paint by trying to cook too hot.

I have a Weber kettle as well before I got the Redbox...should I just delegate the Weber for the hotter faster duty? I've noticed I can get hotter temps easier but they can soar out of control easier as well.....this is why I bought the Redbox. Thanks

Nuco59
06-01-2018, 12:32 PM
no guts no glory. And I think the burned paint was due to "operator error". Possibly he will come on and explain "what not to do" :grin:

pjtexas1
06-01-2018, 01:08 PM
I didn't burn mine too bad but it was cuz I let the fire get to 450. I burned a little bit of paint above the Firebox and I thought I had ruined the gasket but after it cooled down it was fine. 300 I do all the time. If you don't use water the fire will be smaller at 300 versus with water.

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AWilliams
06-01-2018, 01:39 PM
Thanks PJ...so make my fire the same just leave out the water....but leave in the pan.

pjtexas1
06-01-2018, 06:03 PM
I use a U shaped maze. Start the fire slowly, towards the end of the maze use less charcoal or the temps will take off. If it gets hot you can close the intake some and/or add water.

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AWilliams
06-01-2018, 08:50 PM
How will the unit behave if I remove the water pan..??

pjtexas1
06-01-2018, 09:02 PM
How will the unit behave if I remove the water pan..??Like a direct grill as the pan is all that sits between the fire and the cook chamber. Unless you cut a piece of steel to put on the bottom of the cook chamber to block the heat. That allowed me the room to make a charcoal basket that sits inside the original charcoal pan.

https://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=227546



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AWilliams
06-01-2018, 09:17 PM
ok...so I'll try using an empty water pan to raise temps. But, explain to me how running 35 coals with no water pan, running a hotter temp of 300*doesn't "chew" threw coals but a full pan of coals burning low and slow at 225* will chew thru charcoal. Makes no sense...

ebijack
06-02-2018, 04:30 AM
Without a water pan you are not heating up/keeping hot all the mass of water. That takes/uses up charcoal.
So using water, takes more coals.

pjtexas1
06-02-2018, 06:15 AM
Without water to keep temps down you don't need a pan full of coals. That's how I burned the paint above my door. Boiling water uses more fuel. Mine may be more efficient with the charcoal basket than stock unless you have the newer design. I use kcomp only because I like the smaller coals and less ash. Maybe it burns hotter.

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Richard_
06-02-2018, 10:28 AM
What's the newer design ?

AWilliams
06-02-2018, 02:22 PM
I have the newer design with the raised floor in the Firebox pan to let Ash fall through