Old Country over/under temp issues

Any type of purchased BBQ Pit.

Moderator: TBBQF Deputies

User avatar
RookieSmoker
Pilgrim
Posts: 9
Joined: Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:46 pm
Location: Mississippi
Contact:

Re: Old Country over/under temp issues

Postby RookieSmoker » Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:04 pm

I just acquired this smoker last week & did my 1st smoke Friday. A 6.5lb flat end brisket. I did wind up using more wood that I thought I would but most of it was me working on the learning curve with this smoker. The only real issue I have with this smoker is the fire grate. It's a piece of slotted sheet metal. The fire residue stay on the grate & doesn't drop through. I really couldn't get the best fire with this grate so I'm having an expanded metal grate to replace it. This should provide a better air flow to the firebox & a cleaner & more efficient fire.
During the seasoning process & 1st cook I used an oven thermometer on the grate in addition to the thermometers mounted on the lid. There is a 25 degree difference so now I have my baseline to be able to maintain the temp range I want.
DSCN0988.JPG
User avatar
RookieSmoker
Pilgrim
Posts: 9
Joined: Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:46 pm
Location: Mississippi
Contact:

Re: Old Country over/under temp issues

Postby RookieSmoker » Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:29 pm

New fire grate for the over/under. Looking forward to trying it out this weekend.
DSCN1002.JPG
User avatar
lbm
Pilgrim
Posts: 10
Joined: Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:31 am
Location: holden ,mo
Contact:

Re: Old Country over/under temp issues

Postby lbm » Sat Jul 28, 2018 4:34 am

I've got the same smoker ,how does the new grate working ,cause I'm doing the same thing ,I've drilled more holes in the factory grate to get better flow ,it helped but can be better ,

Sent from my VS835 using Tapatalk
User avatar
RookieSmoker
Pilgrim
Posts: 9
Joined: Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:46 pm
Location: Mississippi
Contact:

Re: Old Country over/under temp issues

Postby RookieSmoker » Sat Jul 28, 2018 3:55 pm

lbm wrote:I've got the same smoker ,how does the new grate working ,cause I'm doing the same thing ,I've drilled more holes in the factory grate to get better flow ,it helped but can be better ,

Sent from my VS835 using Tapatalk

Will advise after tomorrow's smoke.
User avatar
RookieSmoker
Pilgrim
Posts: 9
Joined: Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:46 pm
Location: Mississippi
Contact:

Re: Old Country over/under temp issues

Postby RookieSmoker » Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:57 pm

lbm wrote:I've got the same smoker ,how does the new grate working ,cause I'm doing the same thing ,I've drilled more holes in the factory grate to get better flow ,it helped but can be better ,

Sent from my VS835 using Tapatalk

The new grate works really good. Much better air flow. Well worth having it built.
bjhulenjr
Pilgrim
Posts: 2
Joined: Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:42 pm
Contact:

Re: Old Country over/under temp issues

Postby bjhulenjr » Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:38 pm

grazeandgrain wrote:I've recently purchased my over and under smoker, but have done tons of research over the past two years, before this purchase. There is a damper that separates the firebox from the smoke chamber. There is a handle on the side of the smoker that allows you to open this all the way to allow more airflow. The design flaw is that you must HOLD this handle open to get that additional airflow. That will get your temp up.

I'm working through a solution that will allow me to keep it open at various levels, without holding it.

Good luck!


Any luck with the design of the damper handle adjustment?
bjhulenjr
Pilgrim
Posts: 2
Joined: Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:42 pm
Contact:

Re: Old Country over/under temp issues

Postby bjhulenjr » Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:38 pm

RookieSmoker wrote:New fire grate for the over/under. Looking forward to trying it out this weekend.
DSCN1002.JPG



What were the dimension of your coal grate, if you don't mind me asking? I was gonna try and make a template of some sort, but if you know that would save me from having to crawl in this firebox.

Thanks

Return to “BBQ Pits - Offset and Vertical Smokers”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests