Smokenator 1000 Test

smokenator1000-01

I’m testing out the Smokenator 1000 in my Weber Grill. It’s a bit expensive, $75,  for what it is, but seems to do a good job at smoking meat indirectly and keeping the temperature under control. I’m doing some testing today on some chicken wings and this is my setup.

  • I’m not using their included water pan. I am using a water pan in the middle of the grill which I fill about half-way with boiling water.
  • Notice I also put alum foil in the bottom of the grill to help with cleanup.
  • I put 60 unlit briquettes in the Smokenator.
  • Attach a temperature probe to the grill to monitor the temperature.
  • Turn a chimney starter upside down and light 12 briquettes – takes about 15 minutes.
  • I adjust the bottom vents to approximately 1/2 open and leave the top vents totally open.
  • Put the lit coals on top of the unlit coals.
  • Put on the lid and wait until the temperature comes up to 250 degrees.
  • Add your wood chips/chunks to the charcoal
  • Add boiling water to the alum pan.
  • NOTE – Amazingribs says to put a water pan OVER the charcoal on top of the grill. I need to give that a try.
  • Put on the chicken.
  • Weber takes about 10 minutes to get to 250 degrees.
  • Temperature rose over 30 minutes to 300 degrees (this may be because of where my water pan is.)
  • I then shut down the top about half
  • If temperature goes too low, knock off the ash and mix up the briquettes.
  • Even after four hours the temperature stayed at 250 degrees.

RESULTS:

bbq-smokenator

I’ve changed my setup to something very close to the directions which come with the unit.

  • 52 unlit coals in the base
  • light 12 coals and put them in the top.
  • When the temperature gets close to 200 degrees, I put on the meat
  • add water to the Smokenator water base – you will periodically have to fill this up. I put in regular tap water.
  • I have a thermometer on the grill the entire time so I always know what the temperature is
  • Add charcoal and chips every couple of hours to keep the fire level up and the smoke rolling.
  • I add a 2nd level with bricks and a smaller grill – works well.
  • I leave all vents totally open. If the temperature starts to get close to 300 degrees, I partially close the bottom vents.

Overall, I’m very satisfied with the Smokenator. It seems to do a good job of providing indirect heat for an extended period of time.

 

Advertisements

About Tom Terrific

Interested in MANY things.

Posted on July 11, 2014, in BBQ. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: