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Old 07-04-2005, 09:03 AM   #1
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An honest WSM question

So what happened to me last night?

I fire it up MM...wait till 200* and then shut one damper all the way and leave the other 2 open a little less than a third...the temp initially drops but then comes back up...isn't is supposed to stabilize somewhere...at 2am it was at 288*...why would that have happened?? I had a wind break up and the vents I was using would have been away from any wind at all...68* overnight...what the hell happened???
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Old 07-04-2005, 09:10 AM   #2
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Greg,

What kind of fuel were you using?

Second thought, there have been times that I have found that leaving 2 vents open 1/3 is too much. I usually only leave one vent open, barely enough to get a hair through.

Other than that I'm clueless. :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno: :dunno:
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I've encountered that type of thing....trying to nail down an exact cause can be maddening. You were using lump or charcoal? Maybe the coals were wet? Took a while for em to dry out, then they started burning?
Just a guess. Sand or water? Remember sand takes longer to get to a stabilizing temp. Were you drunk? There are countless things that you could have screwed up. You weren't doing this in the attic were you?
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Good point Cap, forgot about the alcohol variable. :faint:
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kingsford...dry (kept in house)
sand...but waited 1 1/2 hrs before turning in for the night...
NOT DRINKING!!
No wind
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Old 07-04-2005, 09:15 AM   #6
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When's the last time you tested your therms????
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Everytime out!

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Old 07-04-2005, 09:26 AM   #8
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all I can say is maybe the vents were too open. Like Bruce, when I get stable, I usually have 3 tiny little slits open, just big enough for a hair to get through. And sometimes I have to close on all the way.

Maybe someone else will have an idea.
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Old 07-04-2005, 09:32 AM   #9
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Maybe the lid wasn't properly seated in the rim?
Does the door look normal?
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Greg,
What were you cooking? If I got a big load of meat on the cooker and using the standard water pan without the big lip the charbroil pan has, the grease will drip into the coals which will cause small flare ups. This will usually stop after an hour or so, once the meat shrinks.

One more question, how many lit coals did you start off with?

I've never understood why folks close one vent and adjust the temp with the other two. Here's my feelings towards that, not saying it's right or wrong, just why I don't do it. If you have three air intakes (bottom vents) and close one or two of them then your fire is going to burn predominately where the air is coming into the cooker which will result in uneven pit temps. Regardless of what your dome temp says, if you have two vents open the pit will be warmer on that side than it will on the side the vent is closed. If you adjust all vents equally then you will have a more uniform pit temp and fuel burn. I don't know if this could have played a part in your pit temps or not, but it could have.
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