highcotton2 Auburn Fan Alabama Member since Feb 2010 1701 posts Online
re: Just got my first smoker (Posted on 4/24/13 at 4:51 pm to LSU-MNCBABY)
quote: brisket or spare ribs
Brisket would be one of the last things I would recommend. Start with a boston butt or a picnic. This will be the most forgiving to temp fluctuations. You can frick a brisket up quickly at the wrong temps.
That was my first smoker, got about 6 years of heavy use out of it. You'll want heavier gauge materials and a better seal for heat control once you master this one, but I cooked a lot of good stuff on it!
quote: Working on it now. Left SFB vent all the way open till it got to almost 285 and closed it half way. Went to about 270 and left it. Seeing if it stays at that temp or keeps dropping. I'm more worried about it staying the temp I want for at least 8 hours. Is it normal to add more coals? Or just wood?
without using side box....coals on far right ribs or brisket on left side..top vent cracked slightly open, bottom vent cracked slightly as well keeps mine at 225-250 for 4 plus hours with one large chimney of coal