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 My Smoker Must Die!

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Big_Ted

  • Total Posts: 186
  • Joined: 6/10/2007
  • Location: Freeport, IL
My Smoker Must Die! Sun, 05/24/09 6:52 PM (permalink)
Having cursed about my smoker all day, somebody will more than likely tell me this is an operator-error issue and that I should learn to do it right. 
 
I have a CajunKing Smoker, which looks like a black R2D2, has two racks for meat and a pan for drippings/water, plus one that sits on the ground for the coals.  I cannot get it hot enough for anything larger than a piece of chicken and if I do get it hot, the heat will not last. 
 
I've used charcoal, wood, briquettes.  I've used combonations, various different stacking methods. 
 
There's chicken quarters on there right now and it looks like I'll have to finish the bird pieces on the grill because I just cannot get enough heat in the stupid thing.  Sure, they'll be smokier than a drunken barfly, but they won't be done.   And leaving chicken for a couple of hours in that kind of environment is a bad idea.  I like not being sick. 
 
Is this operator error or do I have a POS that needs replacing with something that actually works?  I want to smoke roasts, etc, but as it stands it just ain't happening. 
 
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