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Stoker Maiden voyage

I will be using my stoker for the first time this evening for 2 BB and am not sure how much i need to have the DFMT open.I will have the stoker set at 275*

any hints?

Thanks

Comments

  • When I'm running stoker I have DFMT about a 1/4" open no matter what I set stoker temp.
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 15,360
    It almost doesn't matter, but 1/4" as Outlaw77 uses, is fine.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 15,360
    ...that is, unless you use a partyQ.  Then it matters.
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    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • Thank you both!

     

  • gerhardkgerhardk Posts: 842
    I haver a similar device and I always leave it a crack open because I think it keeps the fan from running excessively and if it were ever to peak quite a bit over the set temp the fan may be off long enough to smoother the fire.  Maybe I am paranoid but it seems to work.

    Gerhard
  • bigguy136bigguy136 Posts: 1,055
    Carefull not to have too much lump burning when you get started. I light a small amount of lump, set my target temp 20-25° below my actual target temp for the first 30 minutes. What can happen is you start your lump, the fan gets a big fire going as the temp comes up but then you have a good amount of lump burning making it difficult for your Stoker to get under control.

    Big Lake, Minnesota

    2X Large BGE, 1 Mini Max, Stokers, Adjustable Rig

  • I was considering manually stabilizing dome temp at 250 then install the blower and power up the stoker,hopefully that limits the overshoot
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 15,360
    Yeah, I just light the center top.  You should let it slowly come up to temp.  Start your stoker before you reach set temp.  It's a good idea to let the stoker run for 30 minutes once you hit temp and make sure the bottom damper is set so it doesn't overshoot and the fan runs intermittently (not constant on or constant off).
    ______________________________________________
    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

  • bigguy136bigguy136 Posts: 1,055
    I was considering manually stabilizing dome temp at 250 then install the blower and power up the stoker,hopefully that limits the overshoot
    That will work. I use my Stoker 3 times a week for the last year and love it. Do you have a data logger program?

    Big Lake, Minnesota

    2X Large BGE, 1 Mini Max, Stokers, Adjustable Rig

  • bigguy136bigguy136 Posts: 1,055
    I use the Stokerlog for my data logger. It shows me how often/ how long my fan is running. That helps me decide how much to open my daisy wheel.

    Big Lake, Minnesota

    2X Large BGE, 1 Mini Max, Stokers, Adjustable Rig

  • I do not,yet..I will look into stokerlog
  • Apparently stokerlog does not play well with macs,back to the drawing board.
  • I have two apps (stoke master and BBQ monitor) for my iPad and iPhone. I like the BBQ Monitor the best.
  • I have had my Stoker about 3 years and love it.......start fire on the top in the middle, turn on Stoker and when I know a couple of pieces of lump has started, I put in place setter, rack, Stoker pit therometer, close lid and wait until temp gets close to target temp.......I then turn off Stoker, load meat, close lid, turn Stoker back on and let the Stoker and XL Egg do their thing......I also use the BBQ Monitor on my iPhone for following the pit and meat temps......I can even adjust the pit temp if needed from my phone.......with the BBQ Monitor you can also track the cooking history
  • bigguy136bigguy136 Posts: 1,055
    Apparently stokerlog does not play well with macs,back to the drawing board.

    Sorry, I'm a PC kind of guy. Not sure how/ why / if Apple will work.

    Big Lake, Minnesota

    2X Large BGE, 1 Mini Max, Stokers, Adjustable Rig

  • Stoker log does not work on a Mac.....if you can download the BBQ Monitor you can view the history just like the Stokerlog
  • Chevy_Tech said:
    Apparently stokerlog does not play well with macs,back to the drawing board.
    Both StokerConsole and StokerWebConsole work well with Macs, and Linux, and PCs.

    LBGE, Stoker WiFi, StokerConsole
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