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It's been a while since I've had a chance to use my Frontier (a combination of a broken foot and bad weather put paid to any hopes over the last month or so).

 

But today I thought I'd fire it up once the rain stopped and the sun came out.

 

But I'm having issues with the temperature rising far too slowly and not consistently, and I'm not sure exactly why...

 

I'm only using 2 out of the 3 stackers, and all the vents are open, but its still hovering at 190F on the inkbird. Before I added the water pan (full of hot water) it was hitting 300F.  I added the water and put 2 racks of ribs on when it got down to 250F, but the temp kept dropping.  I thought it might stabilise so I left the ribs in but it's been almost an hour now and still crawling from 190F upwards.

 

Oddly enough whilst typing this, it has just shot up from 190 to 199F before my eyes, but seems to dropping back again  now (now back to 190F).  It's at a shady side of the house where its protected from the elements in case it rains.

 

And back up to 198F now...no 194F... no 199F...nope 190F... Argh!  last time I cooked on the Frontier it was so easy, and stabilised well. 

 

I'm thinking I've done something differently this time, but not sure what (other than opening all the vents this time to try and lift the temps)

 

I'm using minion the method and the briquettes are still burning away happily.

 

Any ideas?  The sun has come out so I've relocated it to a sunnier spot in the garden although it's now 185F... 🤦🏽‍♂️🙈

 

 

EDIT - emptied the water pan and the temp skyrocketed to 290F. Closed off 2 vents, so just the top vent fully open and 1 bottom vent.  Added a **small** amount of water back in to try and bring it back down but now its dropping too far again (seems to be hovering at 220F which is better than before but still a long way from 250F)

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I know how your feeling, I've now given up on water in the pan, I use sand..also I get better rusults with the top vent only part open and use this vent to control the temp.

 

Ice.

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23 hours ago, Icefever said:

I know how your feeling, I've now given up on water in the pan, I use sand..also I get better rusults with the top vent only part open and use this vent to control the temp.

 

Ice.

Oh I'm glad it's not just me! xD

 

I'll try sand next time.  I did eventually manage to get things balanced a bit - I took out the water and let the temp come back up, then I added a small amount of water with a watering can every 45mins or so.  Managed to get a stable 230F, so not the 250F I wanted but it was enough to finish my cook.

 

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2 hours ago, Guitarbloke said:

I added a small amount of water with a watering can every 45mins or so. 

There should be no need for that,  I found sand far better,  buy a bag of play sand from B&M or Homebase......my first run with it was way better than water....held temp a lot better.

 

Ice.

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3 hours ago, Icefever said:

There should be no need for that,  I found sand far better,  buy a bag of play sand from B&M or Homebase......my first run with it was way better than water....held temp a lot better.

 

Ice.

I'll try that, cheers Ice!  Do you fill the whole water pan with sand or just half?

 

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Around a 1/3rd I was told...cover with foil to stop any drips getting mixed in it.

 

Ice.

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