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#6383353 - 07/26/16 12:52 PM Very basic smoker question
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Got a question for the experts. When I have smoked on my big smoker in the past, I get a good bed of coals going then add a stick at a time to keep the heat right. I saw a picture on the net the other day where some dude had so much wood piled in his box you couldn't see metal. I could see where that would work if you got all your doors and dampers adjusted right, but seems like it would make too much smoke. What's the consensus here? Stick at a time, or load 'er up?
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#6383627 - 07/26/16 05:42 PM Re: Very basic smoker question [Re: TX_LT230FH]
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#6383628 - 07/26/16 05:42 PM Re: Very basic smoker question [Re: TX_LT230FH]
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#6383698 - 07/26/16 06:30 PM Re: Very basic smoker question [Re: TX_LT230FH]
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#6383779 - 07/26/16 07:23 PM Re: Very basic smoker question [Re: TX_LT230FH]
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I start my fire in my pit my stacking 6-8 splits on the rack and putting my pear burner torch in the firebox. Once the fire is going I do what you do and add a split or two every few hours as needed to maintain heat. Works really well with my DIY fan temperature controller.

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#6383951 - 07/26/16 09:26 PM Re: Very basic smoker question [Re: TX_LT230FH]
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Ive seen it done both ways on BBQ Pitmasters and Smoked on TV. Then again they are usually using some serious smokers and prob have a lot of time playing with temp.
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#6384130 - 07/27/16 07:04 AM Re: Very basic smoker question [Re: SapperTitan]
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Originally Posted By: SapperTitan
Ive seen it done both ways on BBQ Pitmasters and Smoked on TV. Then again they are usually using some serious smokers and prob have a lot of time playing with temp.



Yeah I think those pro smokers have a lot better heat control mechanism on them. I figured most do it the "one stick at a time" way- allows more time for drinking cold ones......
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#6384589 - 07/27/16 12:57 PM Re: Very basic smoker question [Re: TX_LT230FH]
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I'll get the fire going good with charcoal or whatever, then load a few splits to get smoke rolling and temp right. From then on, a split at a time just to keep light smoke.

Hang out with Tman to see how the pros do it.
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#6384897 - 07/27/16 04:38 PM Re: Very basic smoker question [Re: TX_LT230FH]
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Also depends on the size of the pit. Big pit takes more wood to keep it at temp.
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#6384942 - 07/27/16 05:02 PM Re: Very basic smoker question [Re: TX_LT230FH]
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And talk about the time and wood it takes to get the pit temp up. I hit mine with the pear burner to get it warmed up before I light the fire.
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#6386084 - 07/28/16 03:39 PM Re: Very basic smoker question [Re: TX_LT230FH]
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I load mine to the max and then every 4 hrs I fill it back up, but , I have a big smoker, I can cook up to 15 briskets at a time on it

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#6386526 - 07/28/16 09:30 PM Re: Very basic smoker question [Re: TX_LT230FH]
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I load mine to the max as well and feed the heck out of it all during the cook. It goes through wood like a fat kid through cookies. It's a 6'x 24" with a 3' x 16" firebox.
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#6386810 - 07/29/16 07:52 AM Re: Very basic smoker question [Re: TX_LT230FH]
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Yeah mine's pretty large but it holds heat well.
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#6386938 - 07/29/16 09:14 AM Re: Very basic smoker question [Re: TX_LT230FH]
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Originally Posted By: TX_LT230FH
Yeah mine's pretty large but it holds heat well.

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#6386962 - 07/29/16 09:32 AM Re: Very basic smoker question [Re: Buzzard Breath]
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Originally Posted By: TX_LT230FH
Yeah mine's pretty large but it holds heat well.



Yep. Headed that way in 2 hours...............
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