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Old 08-30-2013, 02:52 PM   #11
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I have the temp problems on my Char Broil water smoker this past weekend. Cooked chicken quarter, ribs, and a butt, all came out great for the first time smoking in years. I have a charcoal grill too but don't usually have trouble regulating the heat on that as much.

I was using charcoal briquettes, starting them in a chimney and when they got some ash on them put them in the charcoal bowl that comes with the rig. Should I get a better firebox or put some kind of grate over the bowl to allow O2 under it and/or to keep it out of all the ash from 5+ hours of smoking?

This is a labor of and I look forward to learning, any help is welcome as I have a mess of ribs going on tomorrow.
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:36 PM   #12
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I was using charcoal briquettes, starting them in a chimney and when they got some ash on them put them in the charcoal bowl that comes with the rig. Should I get a better firebox or put some kind of grate over the bowl to allow O2 under it and/or to keep it out of all the ash from 5+ hours of smoking?
There are several mods which you can make to improve overall efficiency and performance of your smoker. Sealing the smoker body, adding a separate intake vent, and adding a charcoal grate are just some of the essential mods you can make which can make a huge difference.
Google Brinkman smoker mods and that should head you in the right direction, depending on which type smoker you have. Most are similar regardless of make and can benefit from these mods.
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:07 PM   #13
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There are several mods which you can make to improve overall efficiency and performance of your smoker. Sealing the smoker body, adding a separate intake vent, and adding a charcoal grate are just some of the essential mods you can make which can make a huge difference.
Google Brinkman smoker mods and that should head you in the right direction, depending on which type smoker you have. Most are similar regardless of make and can benefit from these mods.
Thanks for the quick reply Roadfix. I have a CharBroil but I'm seeing the same problem as a lot of Brinkman folks. The most immediate fix I can make is getting a charcoal grate. Likely I will re-purpose my veggie grilling basket and it is over the charcoal bowl now.

I'll check into sealing up any holes too and search for mods on Google. Thanks again.
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