Question about Char-Broil Charcoal Water Smoker 4654301
Having difficulty maintaining heat in the ideal range on the gauge and cooking food up to temperature. we have to finish things in the oven. Gauge stays in the warm range. We do know that the gauge does work because we lit behind it with a lighter and it moves fine up to hot range. once the charcoal is in white ash range, we add more charcoal like it says in the instruction manual and open little door. We can see the flame but the gauge never gets up to ideal range. please help
I have the charcoal brinkman smoke n grill, had the same problem until i found brinkmansmokermods.com
the grill they are working on is a little different from mine but i used the same idea and added 4 holes in the bottom of the charcoal bowl with a 9/16 bit. This will fix your temp problems but will give you another one......the charcoal ash falls on the ground. To fix this i went to Lowes and bought a 24" water heater pan to sit the grill in to catch all of the ash.
Also I found the weber charcoal grate at my Ace Hardware here in Cypress Tx.
Posted on Jun 21, 2009
Forget the charcoal and place an electric hot plate in bottom. the cord will fit through air holes. put the soaked wood chips in a castiron skillet, then place the hot water pan above it
Posted on Mar 23, 2008
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Soak hardwood chips in water for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours for larger chunks. Drain them completely before adding to the smoker unit. Use 1 1/2 cups of wood chips when smoking for less than 3 hours. For longer cooking times use 3 cups of wood.
Place the bottom unit that contains the heating element on a sturdy surface, away from flammable materials. Make a foil pouch containing the wood chips and punch a few holes in the top. Place this pouch onto the pan containing the heating element. The chips can be added directly to the pan, but the foil pouch makes cleanup easier.
Place the large water pan onto the unit and fill it 2/3 full of water or apple juice. The water or juice will moderate the temperature and provide moisture for the cooking food.
Add the cooking grates to the top of the unit and close the lid to allow the unit to preheat.
Place the food on the preheated grates and cook until done. Keep the lid closed as much as possible to maintain the heat. Open the vent on the top of the lid to allow the smoke to escape.
Check the water level occasionally by opening the door on the side of the Charbroil Electric Smoker unit. Add more water as needed.
Add more soaked wood chips after a few hours if the smoke begins to die away. This is optional; the chips provide flavor but are not necessary for cooking the meat.
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