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Smoke Leaking Excel

Post  ooglewoogle on Sun Jun 20, 2010 12:34 pm

The last few smokes I have done on my Excel have become very leaky for smoke, especially from the lid-to-top-stacker joint. I was wondering if this was the norm for people over time?

I have tried cleaning the rims, changing around the order of the stackers etc...but to no avail. I am still getting a heavy plume from the rim.

My only concern with this is that is is making my nice shiny Excel all smoky-matt on the outside of the lid! Shocked I have noticed it most since I changed from using water in the tray, to using sand. I was thinking maybe the steam was carrying the smoke out the top vent and now it is removed, the smoke just goes where it can?

Anyway...would be great to hear others experiences as to whether this is the norm. Many thanks!

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Re: Smoke Leaking Excel

Post  Lozart on Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:29 am

The smoke will always rise out of the top if it can. Sounds to me like one of your parts is not round anymore.
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Re: Smoke Leaking Excel

Post  drsweetsmoke on Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:51 pm

Are you cooking with the top vent wide open?

Another issue could be too much smoke wood, as there is no problem with temp control it would seam that the smoke can't get out fast enough and takes other routes available.

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Re: Smoke Leaking Excel

Post  Mike_P_in_Tucson on Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:47 pm

It could be that your lid has been bent out of round.

I usually get a bit of leakage, but not much.

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Re: Smoke Leaking Excel

Post  drsweetsmoke on Sat Jan 15, 2011 9:06 pm

After a few good hearty smokes all mine have sealed up very well.

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Re: Smoke Leaking Excel

Post  sikosis on Tue Oct 27, 2015 3:43 am

That's what I was wondering. I just got a Excel 20 on the weekend and I seasoned it first, noticing smoke coming out the edges of where all the sections join together. I did a second cook and noticed the same. Smoke does come out of the doors, but that's not overly an issue, it was more the sections.

I guess I'll keep monitoring it and see with each cook.

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Re smoke escaping

Post  pb.bbq on Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:50 pm

Hi
With regards to the smoke escaping from around the rim between the top stacker and the lid - there is nothing to worry about. Smoke will escape from the easiest point, but personally I would stick to using water in the water pan as the steam from the water will help the smoke adhere to the meat a lot better in a moist environment and you won't get temperature spikes.
Hence it being called a water pan. There are different opinions on what to use but personally I have always used water and I have never had any problems at all.

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