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Old 09-06-2013, 07:43 PM   #1
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Trouble regulating temperature in high winds

Not sure what I did wrong...

I was cooking up a rack of baby backs yesterday, and was having alot of trouble keeping a constant temperature in high wind conditions. Kept adding coals, thought I plugged all leaks, closed vents mostly...

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Old 09-06-2013, 08:58 PM   #2
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Need more info on that. What kind of cooker and what kind of temp problems? high, low, both?
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:22 PM   #3
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Need more info on that. What kind of cooker and what kind of temp problems? high, low, both?
Low temps on my BBQ Pro 22.5" kettle grill. My target was around 250 degrees, would creep up to about 230 then go right back down to 197-ish.
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You don't often hear of temps too low on a kettle grill. Having the vents closed wouldn't help you, though. With plenty of fuel, a good running grill or smoker should run hotter with the vents open, especially on a windy day. That fire needs oxygen. If you had to keep adding coals, maybe to didn't have enough to get your temp to begin with? Either that or the coals were burning too slow for lack of air, if you sealed your grill too much from the wind. I'm just guessing here though. There's some smarter guys here can probably give you better advice.
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Sounds plausible. Got to be a lack of air to the fire.
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That's what I thought, except he said he had to keep adding more coals.
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Old 09-07-2013, 05:51 AM   #7
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Thanks, guys! When the coals burn off in my grill, there's no way for me to clean the ashes while cooking. I believe this too can affect the temperature by choking off the air to the coals.
Anything you guys can suggest?
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Just the other day I watched a video on this forum from the wolfe pit, he did an 11 hour cook (pork butt) on a kettle grill with one batch of coals. ran 325 the whole time.
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Thanks, guys! When the coals burn off in my grill, there's no way for me to clean the ashes while cooking. I believe this too can affect the temperature by choking off the air to the coals.
Anything you guys can suggest?

Use lump charcoal.
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:13 PM   #10
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Eggxactly on the dead ashes. Its a heat killer. Got to keep em cleaned out so the fire can get some air. Lump can help to give less ash to deal with..but even lump has to have the dead soldiers cleared out. That is a good first thing to check when the heat drops. Is usually the culprit.
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