I'm still having trouble getting desired temps in my bullet smoker. While Queing a Roasted Garlic Butter Chicken yesterday, for only a few short moments did I achieve 170+ then it dropped back down. I'm thinking of drilling a few more holes in the fire pan for ventilation and if that doesn't work I'll be in the market for something new. I know low-n-slow is the philosophy and all but I would like to be able to maintain 200-250 at least.
I did a few mod's to my Mr. Meat Smoker to see if they would help and although I like the changes the temps are still down. I took the legs out from the inside and attached them on the outside. Since the fire pan rested on the legs, I made new legs out of bolts for the fire pan. Now I can lift the entire smoker off the fire pan for full access without having to open the smoker and let the heat out.
I also tried gravel in the water pan as a thermal mass instead of using water this time. I know this doesn’t raise the temperature but it helps to regulate a more even temperature.
Being an older smoker, the fire pan was manufactured with a hole in the center for ventilation. They’ve since stopped putting a hole in fire pans because people were setting their wooden decks on fire when hot ash fell through the hole. I am on concrete so it’s not a concern.
I do notice a nice low fire in the coals when I tend the fire, but how can I get hotter temps??? Do I need to drill more holes in the fire pan? This smoker doesn’t have any vents…do you think adding an after market vent would help or just let out the rest of the heat?
I’m open for ideas and from what we’ve see if earlier posts, even simple ones that may be considered insignificant could make the difference.