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Problems with smoke escaping Pro Q XL

Post  Blaq Sun on Sat Sep 03, 2011 7:29 pm

It is the 3rd time i am using my Pro Q since i got it a few weeks back and i have noticed that a lot of the smoke seems to be leaking from the point where the 2 stackers meet. It is predominantly at the top stacker and the dome junction and a steady stream of smoke leaks from all the way around as well as the vent at the top.

Is this normal? Is it a matter for concern? I am thinkign the more smoke escaping that way the less is hitting the meat.

Dpes anyone else have this issue? I did notice that the catches to connect the dome to the stacker are pretty lose ... i thought they would tighten up with everything heating up but this is not the case.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks,

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Post  Blaq Sun on Mon Sep 05, 2011 10:33 am

OK after a long day and constant worry about smoke leakage the meat is done. It turned out quite well i thought Very Happy



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Re: Problems with smoke escaping Pro Q XL

Post  Blaq Sun on Sat Sep 10, 2011 3:56 pm

Anyone else experience loss of smoke from around the seal between the stacker and the top domed cover? I am still getting this problem and do not know if it is normal.

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Re: Problems with smoke escaping Pro Q XL

Post  Mike_P_in_Tucson on Sun Sep 11, 2011 6:40 pm

Do you have more than one stacker? If so, see if there is also a problem with that one. If you only have the one stacker, it is possible it may be a bit out of round. Either that, or a problem with the lid. You do keep the top vent all the way open, right? Is it possible you are using too much smoking wood?

It is not unusual for some smoke to drift out between stackers or between the stacker and the lid, but it should be a modest amount. As the smoker becomes more seasoned, the amount escaping will decrease.

Just my thoughts, maybe Mac has some other ideas.

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Re: Problems with smoke escaping Pro Q XL

Post  Blaq Sun on Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:54 pm

I have two stackers and have tried switching them round but it makes no difference. The top vent is always open all the way Smile

As for too much smoking wood ... how much is too much? I fill up the stainless steel box i have with hickory chunks, put the lid back on it and shove it in.

Since it is only my 3rd smoke to date i am hoping through greater use the seasoning will seal it up nicely so that minimal smoke escapes from between the units.

Thanks for the advice Smile

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Post  Mike_P_in_Tucson on Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:35 am

When I add smoking wood, I add 2 or 3 at a time. Once the smoke stops, I add a couple more. I just put them right on the lit charcoal. I am not familiar with the stainless steel box you mentioned.

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Post  Blaq Sun on Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:22 pm

This is the stainless steel box ... http://www.macsbbq.co.uk/bbq%20accessories%20shop.html (about half way down the page), i normally fill it with chips or now i am using hunks and it does prodice a lot of smoke but i like strong smokey flavours.

Thanks for the help Smile

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Post  Duffy71 on Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:08 pm

Hello, I had the same leak problem, spoke with Mac's who said that it's not a problem at all as the units will seal themselves after some time and that gettin the smoke out is just as important as getting it in as "old" smoke will give the bitter creosote flavour.
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