So I got a bit of an education over the weekend. I had to abandon a smoke and cook a brisket in the oven because I couldn't get the temps up.
I use an 18.5 WSM with a DigiQ controller and the 10 cfm pit viper blower. Empty water pan. I built the fire with the minion method and a 3/4 full chimney of fully lit coals. Temp went up to 250 and then dropped steadily over the next 2 hours. When it got to 216, I gave up and put the brisket in the oven.
So I think I figured out what to do next. Do I: start the fire as above and open all vents, put the meat on and let the temp get to or above the target temp, then close the bottom vents and let the DigiQ take over? I think my problem this weekend was depending on the digiQ to bring the temp up to the target temp.
Any suggestions? Thanks all!
Who is this Rorschach guy? And why did he paint so many pictures of my parents fighting?