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  1. Thread: Thermostat fixes

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    Following up, this is the thermostat i used to...

    Following up, this is the thermostat i used to fix the temperature problems. Smoker was well out of warranty so was not concerned about making wiring mods.

    WILLHI High Temperature Controller...
  2. Thread: Thermostat fixes

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    Thermostat fixes

    So we will have to agree to disagree that a smoked chicken should not take 7+ hours and be finished in the oven. If I want a satisfactory smoker (1400) I'm going to have to fix it myself (along with...
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    ok, got back here to give the update. The...

    ok, got back here to give the update. The replacement smoker tripped the GFCI outlet. After getting past that then did some test cooking runs that failed. Then tested the temperature. Set the temp to...
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    quick update for anyone following this thread -...

    quick update for anyone following this thread - smokintex are shipping out a replacement smoker, will see what happens next....
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    Yeah, i would recommend a lighter roast bean....

    Yeah, i would recommend a lighter roast bean. Depends on what you like though.

    It was 2 x 3lb chuck roasts at 230 . Hit the stall point (159) after 6 hours, finished off in the oven to internal...
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    So i was doing some chuck roasts (an interesting...

    So i was doing some chuck roasts (an interesting and quick alternative to brisket) and found this in my list-of-things-to-try-sometime. Not my recipe, was on a old web page somewhere. I used my...
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    Good info ia_james, thats what I have been trying...

    Good info ia_james, thats what I have been trying to find out about this smoker. So for a 14lb turkey I should plan on 16 hours?
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    update.... 2 chickens, from refrigerator,...

    update....

    2 chickens, from refrigerator, warmed on counter for 30 mins while rubbing/preparing etc, approx 4lbs each. Set temperature to 225, using digital temperature probe, in breast meat.
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    So by the time they actually responded (Friday)...

    So by the time they actually responded (Friday) it was too late to plan any smoking for the weekend, so it will have to wait another weekend when i will be able to test it.
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    ok, so it needs calibrating. Got the calibration...

    ok, so it needs calibrating. Got the calibration steps today, spent a few hours on it, if i understood the steps correctly then the thermostat was off by 25 degrees. does that sound typical?
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    Sodaking27, you might be right. The instruction...

    Sodaking27, you might be right. The instruction sheet that was included with replacement thermostat appeared to be for a different model.

    So have called, left voice message.
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    Thanks DReeves , looks like that might be the...

    Thanks DReeves , looks like that might be the only way. Personally, i prefer emailing because it is much easier to get the details and events in the correct order.
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    THanks bigwalleye. Yeah, there was a link in a...

    THanks bigwalleye. Yeah, there was a link in a post to the recipe thread that was an issue, so removed the post.
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    Thanks DReaves, but i have the smoker power cord...

    Thanks DReaves, but i have the smoker power cord plugged directly into wall outlet. Have heard of this before so made sure it was directly connected.

    But I have been through the 'strange problems...
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    So replaced thermostat and tried a test run on...

    So replaced thermostat and tried a test run on some meat to slice for sandwiches, with the temperature set to 230. Smoker warmed up, hit 200 and plateaued around 200. Estimated it would take 4 hours,...
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    So I called, replacement part was Fedexed...

    So I called, replacement part was Fedexed yesterday, will see what happens next.
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    disappointing results / low temperatures

    So have tried a few small loads (whole chickens, chicken legs, pork ribs, potatoes) in my new 1400 and ended up finishing in the oven. Cooking times are approximately double the recommended times....
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