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scoutguy74
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02 08 10:50 pm    Post subject: awfull smoke smell Reply with quote

I picked a used WSM from craigslist last week and fired it up yesterday. I was doing a fatty for the first run. I filled the basket about 1/2 full of RO lump and lit 1/4 chimney to do the minion method. I put 4 chunks of cherry that I have used before with no problem. When I fired it up, the smoke smelled like cigarettes and was very white. I've always used an offset before with no problems having bad smoke. The fatty tasted like I was licking an ash tray Shocked Temp wise it ran great. Dead on 225 for 6 hours with very little adjustments. Any and all help/critisism sp? would be appreciated.

Thanks, Scott
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02 08 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First any mold on the cherry wood? Second were the vents open all the way when first started. I usually open all the vents till I get a thin blue smoke before I even think of putting the meat on then turn them down to get the cooking temp. Sometimes it takes a while to go from white to blue depending on the moisture content in the wood. Cigarette smell not sure unless it was mold.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03 08 1:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would vote for mold.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03 08 2:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't see any mold and the wood smells fine. I used it 2 weeks ago on my kettle with no problems but then again it was a much hotter fire. I'll try it again with different charcoal and wood and see what happens. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03 08 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would vote for mold or something nasty inside the smoker. My method would be to burn the living crap out of it, then try again with food.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03 08 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From my experience with fattys , ground meat soaks up smoke like a sponge.

Dont put ground meat in the smoker till it stabizes + the smoke is clean + lite.



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03 08 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

might be the lump. I have gotten some nasty smells from fire king.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03 08 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From a former smoker, I would bet that it was setting on someones deck/patio and it was used primarily as an ash tray. Not used, and eventually sold to you.

Even though it was cleaned up, it will smell like cigs for a couple of burns. Start a good HOT fire and see if that helps.
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