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  1. #1
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    Default Problems with lump and temps/HELP!

    I have used my smoker for almost two years using Kingsford. I have never had a problem with temps. I added a dome lid and tried lump. The temp comes up to 275 or so and I add the meat to the grill. Within 1/2hr the temps start to fall. It at 190 and falling. Am I doing something wrong with lump?
    I have about had it with lump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoBQ View Post
    I have used my smoker for almost two years using Kingsford. I have never had a problem with temps. I added a dome lid and tried lump. The temp comes up to 275 or so and I add the meat to the grill. Within 1/2hr the temps start to fall. It at 190 and falling. Am I doing something wrong with lump?
    I have about had it with lump.
    get some grrenegg lump .
    LOve to grill and eat .
    The balck oval primos x tr lrg
    Steve

    4% of something that tastes like nothing is probably not needed.

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    Why don't we start with what kinda smoker you have, what brand lump, and how your using it before you go buying some expensive lump thats not needed. I use 4.99 a 10 lb bag lump with no problems. I'll bet with some more info, we can help you keep that temp rock steady with the lump you have now.
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  4. #4
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    Default What kind of smoker?

    I have a UDS that I built with help this forum.
    I am using Frontier lump. Just bought some CowBoy lump.
    I fill the basket with lump. Fill a chimney starter 3/4 ways with lump and light it. When the lump is red hot I dump it into the basket. Let it burn for about 5 min and put the lid on the drum. 3 intake vents wide open and the exhaust wide open.

    My build.
    http://www.theqjoint.com/forum/showt...-NEW-quot-drum

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    LOve to grill and eat .
    The balck oval primos x tr lrg
    Steve

    4% of something that tastes like nothing is probably not needed.

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    I'm not much on Frontier, but Cowboy is good. where do you get your Cowboy?

    One problem is that you are lighting way too much charcoal. If you put 8 or 10# of lump in the basket, you should put no more than 1/4 chimney or so of lit charcoal.

    Looking at your build thread, I may see another problem. The 90 L in your riser assembly will reduce airflow by as much as 50% from what an intake of the same size but straight allows.

    I think you are heating up the drum with all the hot coals you put in, but then starving the fire once you put the lid on.

    When you then open the lid, the built up heat escapes and the temps fall off and don't come back up when the lid goes on because the fire mas is too small.

    Humor me and just one time pull the riser ***'y off at least two of your intakes and see what happens.

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    Smoky, the riser assy is a single ball valve. I have caps on the two other intake vents that are at the bottom of the drum. When lighting the drum I uncap one vent and open the ball valve fully. If I don`t have enough air I can always remove the cap from the third intake vent. I got Cowboy at HOME DEPOT.

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    That sounds like it should be enough air. What size is the ball valve and the nipples?

  9. #9
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    3/4". With Kingsford, I NEVER had this problem.

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    There's something mysterious going on there Bob. Lump burns hotter and faster than briquettes because it has no limestone dust as filler.

    If you have fire and you have enough fuel, you will get sufficient temps. I don't really know where to go from there.

    You don't possibly have moisture in the drum do you?

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