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Post  gandalf on Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:49 pm

I got my frontier last week and have started my first smoke with it (and my first smoke ever).

I think I may be doing something wrong as it's been going a while and the temp is only up to 170 and I want it at over 200 right? Also I presume the temps everyone refers to are farenheit and not celsius?

How long should it take the smoker to get up to cooking temp?
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Post  Mack on Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:50 pm

Hi Gandalf,
Give me a call on 01726 76245 and I'll walk you through it.

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Post  gandalf on Sat Apr 26, 2008 1:06 pm

Thanks for helping me out Ian Smile
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Post  gandalf on Sat Apr 26, 2008 1:18 pm

Ok, I just tried putting my Pro-Q meat thermometer in one of the lid vent holes again and left it there for longer this time and it's now saying about 225 even though the lid thermometer is still only saying 160, so I guess....

A. I didn't leave the seperate themometer in the vent long enough to get to temp before Embarassed
B. The lid thermometer is out.

Is there any way to calibrate the lid thermometer? if not I guess I'll just get myself a digital one.
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Post  Mack on Sat Apr 26, 2008 3:24 pm

Hi Gandolf, it was good speaking to you on the phone, glad you've found the cause... lid thermometer not calibrated.
Right, procedure for calibrating, be careful though as it involves boiling water.
  • Remove the thermometer from the lid, you will notice that there is a small nut, right against the the back of the face, this is the adjusting nut.

  • Boil some water in pan and insert just the end of the probe, take a note of where the reading is.

  • Hold the small nut with the correct size spanner and turn the thermometer face, until the pointer/ hand points to the correct spot.

  • Put the thermometer back into the lid (the nut that holds it in only needs to be finger tight).


This may take a couple of goes to get it just right.

Ps. The chicken should be done in about 3.5 hours
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