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    Default A couple of Rookie Questions

    I have a 12 lb Turkey in my 1400 today. Is it okay to have a foil drip plan inside the smoker to catch drippings? Any danger of fire? Also, after about 20 minutes the smoker let off a kinda of a pressurized poof that blew smoke not only out of the vent but also completely around the locked door. Normal or did I do something wrong?

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    If you line the bottom of the smoker with foil, and put a layer over the doghouse, you won't need the pan. I've had mine make the poof noise, usually when it's really cold out right at startup.

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    Thanks good advice. BTW the turkey turned out great. 12 lb brined over night rubbed and smoked 5 hrs to 167 degrees at 225 smoker setting. I was impressed that the skin looked more like a oven roasted turkey as compared to a kettle charcoal turkey which I have done for years, but the meat had a nice pinkish smoke hue and great but not overly smoked flavor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CudjoeBBQ View Post
    I have a 12 lb Turkey in my 1400 today. Is it okay to have a foil drip plan inside the smoker to catch drippings? Any danger of fire? Also, after about 20 minutes the smoker let off a kinda of a pressurized poof that blew smoke not only out of the vent but also completely around the locked door. Normal or did I do something wrong?
    Cudjoe - Was your intent to catch the drippings to use for gravy? If so, I would think this is ok, and would not catch fire. Happy to hear your bird came out well and welcome to the family!
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    Cudjoe,
    I'd agree with Darren and Ia_James. Catch the drippings if you're gonna use them, otherwise, cover the bottom and the doghouse (i go one step farther and use the non-stick tin foil, non-stick side down) and punch out the drain hole, set a pan underneath to catch the drippings, and let 'er roll.

    BTW, we call the "poof" noise --- Boom-hiss. It's somewhat of a unique phenomenon, I think caused by the temperature variation internal to external and the rush of air in through the vent. Rumor is, if you experience a boom-hiss, it's an approval from the smoker gods, kind of like finding a 4 leaf clover or catching leprechaun. First time I got it, I was ready to hit the deck in the garage. I thought somebody was shooting at me.

    The other one I see once in a while, esp. in the spring and fall is what I call the "poof-poof". Again, cool temps outdoors in the morning when I get the smoker going, and they what looks like little smoke signals from the blow hole.
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