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Help Modifying a char broil water smoker
August 25, 2009
12:58 pm
ajc1616
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This past sunday I smoked a pork butt using my char broil h20 smoker that I recieved from my dad. I had trouble maintaining a constant temperature until I opened the little door and using a piece of tubing blowing in to make the coals hotter. Needless to say this was a huge pain in the neck and I do not want to do this every time. Any cheap or easy suggestions?

Here is the link to the kind of smoker I have, thanks!

http://www.charbroil.com/consu…..egoryID=47

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August 26, 2009
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Hi,

Thanks for stopping by. I am not real familiar with that cooker, is there any adjustable air intake on it? or does it just draw air from the bottom? Is the charcoal elevated, and on a grate?

The key is obviously air flow, and the ability for the air to draw underneath and around the sides of your charcoal.

Kevin
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August 26, 2009
6:56 am
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No its not elevated, the pan is 13.5 inches in diameter, I can not find a circular grate smaller than 13.5 inches. I was also planning on drilling holes in the bottom of the pan to get more air flow.

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August 26, 2009
7:14 am
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yeah, sounds like just the charcoal pan.. You have 2 things working against you then, lack of airflow, and nowhere for your ash to drop. You could drill holes on the bottom of the pan, which will help, until you start building up some ash.

on edit: Amazon sells a 10.5 inch charcoal grate – http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ…..B000WU7PWO

Kevin
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August 26, 2009
3:59 pm
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Well I went the free route, my dad had leftover chicken wire I fold it over

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August 26, 2009
4:23 pm
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ok, well If the chicken wire will hold the charcoal your pretty much set… Its possible that raising your charcoal up, may have been all that was needed, if it starts getting to hot on you, then just start covering up the holes until you find where it draws the right amount of air to get the temp where you want it…

Good Luck

Kevin
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September 30, 2009
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One more question the BBQing has been great! I need two new grates, can I use charcoal grates? Also I need them to be from 15 to 16 inches no more and no less can someone point me in the right direction?

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