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Thread: temp issues

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Broken Arrow OK

    Default temp issues

    Ok, somebody figure this out for me, 'cause it's got me stumped.

    The last smoke I did, I combined all my leftovers together from various charcoal baskets, grills and my trash can--two kinds of lump, and a few briquets. It worked with no problem.

    Today, I wanted to a batch of Dutch's beans, so I pulled my charcoal basket, and since it had quite a bit of ash throughout, I gave it a good shake or three to knock out the ashes. It settled quite a bit, so I added some more OO lump on top. I lit it off as normal, the temp started rising like usual, and then froze at 185-190. Even with all three intakes off, it wouldn't budge. digital in the middle and analog on the side agreed within a few degrees. I decided that I hadn't given the weed burner enough time, so I hit it for a couple more minutes. Put the lid back on, and it started climbing--all the way to 195. Then proceeded to drop back down to 188.

    I put the beans on, hoping that the great BBQ Gods would make the temp rise, but after 45 minutes, still at 188.

    I finally filled another charcoal basket with a fresh load, and moved the burning one to a second drum, to at least keep the beans hot while the fresh load was coming up to temp. While I was lighting the second one, I just glanced at the tmeter on the "keep warm" drum, and the SOB was rising right up like it was supposed to. By the time the fresh load was up to 225, the original basked had also reached 225, and stayed there. WTH?????

    Now I'm sitting with two drums right on the money, so I threw the sausage and bologna in the drum with the fresh basket of charcoal.

    Once again, anybody want to take a stab at explaining WTH happened? And why? When the original basket refused to come up to temp, I decided that shaking the basket had caused the charcoal to pack in tight enough to constrict the airflow. So then why did it take off when I put it in a different drum???? Makes no sense to me...
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2008


    Mybe cuz the lit coals shifted while changing drums and lit the tightly packed unlit used bottom coals?

    My first thought was moisture level until you said the it heated up when you moved to the other drum.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Aldergrove B.C.


    im going with you had to many sunday beers, or the bbq gods are telling you to send me one of your drums because you have 2many and i have none
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2009
    forrest il


    had tha problem befor try a fan by one of the intackes

  5. #5


    I wonder, if you grab some of the chunks of charcoal and try to break them up in your hand (after they cook of course), does it break easy? It's possible that the lump was mostly spent, but still had some shape.
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Jenison, Michigan, United States


    Quote Originally Posted by Geek with Fire View Post
    I wonder, if you grab some of the chunks of charcoal and try to break them up in your hand (after they cook of course), does it break easy? It's possible that the lump was mostly spent, but still had some shape.
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