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Basics for a Beginner / Bigger piece on top or bottom?
« on: December 19, 2020, 05:36:30 PM »
I have a Model 3 and I'm going to smoke two ~10 pound pork shoulders.  Because it fits my schedule, I'm going to put them in for about six hours at 225, then switch them from top to bottom/bottom to top and go overnight for about 9 hours. 

One is just a bit smaller than the other, both in weight and in how much of the rack area it covers.  For the longer overnight interval (or, if you were not planning to touch it, for the whole cooking time, in another case) would you put the larger piece on the top or the bottom rack?

Basically, I guess the question boils down to whether the piece in the middle of the smoker nearer the heating element or the upper part since "heat rises" sees higher temps.  I figure I should put the bigger piece where it's a little hotter.

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Beef / two chuck roasts in Model 2
« on: November 09, 2020, 11:49:15 AM »
I have two 2.5 # chuck roasts that I've dry rubbed (on Saturday) and want to smoke this afternoon.  The owner's manual says for a 3-4 # roast, go 2 to 3 hours at 215-225.  Any adjustments based on smaller size of pieces but greater total weight?  I like stuff a bit on the rare side (actually, I like beef virtually raw but my spousal critter is not so bloodthirsty), so I was thinking 2 hours at 225 then open it up to stick in a thermometer to check (don't have a remote probe yet).

Thoughts?

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What type of tree do you use? / smoking with yard waste
« on: November 05, 2020, 04:54:29 PM »
A few days ago, I pruned some 1" to 2" diameter branches off my cherry tree.  Can I use fresh wood like that for smoking?  Does the bark need to be peeled off first?

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What to Do When It Arrives / amps and ground fault question
« on: November 01, 2020, 01:50:18 PM »
I received my Model 2 a few days ago and tried to season it this morning.  The outlet on the outside of my garage is a GFCI type.  It tripped twice, the first time after getting hot enough to produce quite a bit of smoke (ran for 10 or 15 minutes, I think) and the second time after a minute or two.  Is this normal?

I'm not sure how many amps the GFCI outlet is rated for.  I assumed 15 A, but I can't find that written on the parts of it that are visible without pulling it out of the junction box.  How many amps should the Model 2 heater pull?

I could install a non-GFCI 15 amp outlet and box on the side of the garage since it is completely sheltered from the weather there.  Should I do that, or is tripping the GFCI (slowly) an indication that something about the smoker needs to be fixed?

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