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Mods and Adjustments / Re: External charcoal smoke generator
« on: November 19, 2017, 06:24:34 PM »
 I've never seen a reason or need to go through the process of modifying my smoker. It works fine as is. I may at some time in the future get an accessory from A-Maze-N for low temp/cold smoking.  But cutting large hole in the smoker?  I don't ever see that happening. 

Pork / Re: Sunday Pork Butt
« on: November 19, 2017, 06:08:48 PM »
Looks good!  Butts sometimes finish early and sometimes late but always tasty.

Model 3 & 3D - The Big Brother / Temporarily Out Of Stock
« on: November 17, 2017, 09:44:34 PM »
The analog Model 3 is temporarily out of stock and should be available again in two weeks.

Poultry / Re: Pan Dripping
« on: November 17, 2017, 08:06:45 PM »
Do the drippings take on a smokey flavor?  I did a turkey back in the 1970's on a weber kettle, indirect method and used wood chips and the 'gravy' was too smokey to use.

Introductions / Re: Can't Wait To Get Home
« on: November 16, 2017, 11:30:38 AM »
Welcome Derek from SE Arizona. Enjoy the SI2. If you have read the FAQ section on the main site then you know about the temperature swings. As many owners of the analog smokers will attest to, the swings are nothing to worry about. Everything will turn out great. A butt is a great first smoke. As for fowl,  no help there as I am loyal to pork and beef. But check the recipe section as I am certain you will find some good info regarding turkey.

Gadgets and Gizmos / Re: Vacuum Sealers revisited
« on: November 15, 2017, 08:19:44 PM »
I certainly hope so. Very little information on this vac sealer.  It doesn't pull as much mercury (24Hg) as the Weston 2300 (28) or the Vacmaster  380 (27.5Hg) but that should not affect the quality of the vacuum and the resulting seal.  At my altitude of 4600 ft, the vacuum will drop some but hopefully not much.  Time will tell.

Gadgets and Gizmos / Re: Vacuum Sealers revisited
« on: November 15, 2017, 04:05:56 PM »
Took the plunge and against all advice here and elsewhere, ordered a LEM 1088A. I did not consider the lack of a dual piston pump to be a liability. LEM had it on sale plus signing up for emails and a catalog netted an additional 10% off. Very few reviews. But for me the strongest selling point was the 5 year warranty. We shall see in a few weeks if it is a diamond in the rough or just ordinary anthracite.

Model 1 - The Little Guy!! / Re: Looking to get a #1
« on: November 14, 2017, 09:07:12 PM »
It can take a little time to dial in the right smoke profile that suits you and your family.  In the meantime, homework never tasted so good.

Beef / Re: 2nd Brisket Flat in my 3D- 260 Degrees!
« on: November 13, 2017, 09:00:45 PM »
I know some with wood/stick burners go higher.  When I had my stick burner I did my level best to try to keep the beast right around 300 degrees.  Of course I was doing only pork, lots of fat and the results were always good.

Introductions / Re: Cheers!
« on: November 13, 2017, 06:40:09 PM »
Welcome Dana from SE Arizona.

Model 1 - The Little Guy!! / Re: Box Temp Problem
« on: November 12, 2017, 09:17:35 PM »
I have always been a fan of inspecting carload heating elements in the dark before opening up an appliance. Turn your smoker on its highest setting in the dark and look at the heating element.  It should be of a uniform color (or very close to uniform) in its entirety.   For more information, see the links.  Testing will require opening the smoker.  Good luck!

Auber PID Tips and Tricks / Re: For anyone having trouble in cold temps
« on: November 12, 2017, 08:20:24 PM »
First off, welcome to the forum PigPen68!  I will admit that the technospeak regarding PID values leaves me pretty much confused most of the time.  But I think you are correct in your conclusion that the colder weather caused the controller to run the element for a longer period of time in order to reach the set temp, and that caused your wood to be consumed quicker. In hot weather, the box may reach the set temp in a shorter period of time and the controller is then able to cycle the element off sooner. What the time duration is between on and off is purely a mystery to me.  Maybe preheating the smoker empty as you plan to do will help you sort this all out.  Wen you get the time, and you are feeling comfortable, head on over to the Introduction section and tell us a little about yourself.  Most of us do that with a signature block.  And again, welcome.

What's Cooking? / Re: Paella on my new $30 kettle grill
« on: November 12, 2017, 05:37:17 PM »
Kettle grills are very versatile.  I started my smoking 4 odd years ago on a weber.  Did a turkey.  Fantastic.  There is a device available called the smokenator, built for webers but should fit any kettle style grill.

What's Cooking? / Re: First smoke on #3
« on: November 12, 2017, 05:33:34 PM »
Mark, Just keep some notes regarding the temp you are setting, the weather, amount of wood and of course the meat and it's weight. If your results are good, easy to replicate, or change like dialing back or advancing the box temp a few degrees. I have briskets finish sooner than expected and some that took longer than expected. Same with butts. Enjoy!

Beef / Re: Chuck Roast burnt ends
« on: November 12, 2017, 10:32:56 AM »
Party food👍

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