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Topic: How can I control the heat? . . . . From: Sly,
Subject: Re: controlling my smoker
I can't seem to control my wood smoker, Whatever I smoke is either too dry or not done. I have a brinkman wood smoker that has a fire box and a two level cooking section with a smoke stack at the oposite end from the fire box. On my fire box there is a single vent, can you please help me with proper techniques for controlling the smoker's vent and damper on the smoke stack. I have read your techniques section and it not quite what I am looking for. Please help.
Sly, the unhappy smoker
Always leave the flu vent (smoke stack) open. Control temperature by controlling intake. Less air, less heat. The Brinkman has a lot of air leaks and therefore is hard to control. Get a good thermometer and check the temperature of the outflow of the stack. Keep a consistent temp flowing out at about 215°F.