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Old 08-23-2017, 10:29 AM   #1
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I was smoking a Boston Butt last week and everything was going great and I had the temp just right and was bragging on myself and then after about three hours of everything going right, I got a little lazy and sat down and watch something on TV/Beer and within an hour the cooker jumped up to about 700 degrees and my whole backyard was full of smoke. I had to jump up and slowly lift the dome and it was some kind of hot and then "flames would jump out and almost burnt me". I had to do this many times before I could get the Boston Butt off the cooker. I was able to salvage maybe 1/3 of the meat after the high heat, but it was tough!!

I am constantly learning on how to cook on my AKORN and this was totally my fault for not watching it better as I look back and saw that I had loaded way too much lump charcoal for what I was doing too. Live and learn, but I hope this is my last exciting moment like this one. Just wanted to see if anyone else has these type of memories?

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I've heard of this happening before. I don't use ceramic cookers, so I really have no clue, but I do know that I've heard of this before.
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I know I will get roasted (pun intended) for this, but that is why I prefer electric or propane grills and smokers, so much more control over the temperature.
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I know I will get roasted (pun intended) for this, but that is why I prefer electric or propane grills and smokers, so much more control over the temperature.
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I know I will get roasted (pun intended) for this, but that is why I prefer electric or propane grills and smokers, so much more control over the temperature.
Right there with you. I can choose among a dozen wood choices, set the time and temp on my Bradley, and then go take a geezer nap, down some dranks, or cop a BJ. Not necessarily in that order. My butts, briskets, or sausages will be just fine.
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Default Re: Any Disasters On Your Ceramic Smokers?

I'm not sure how the Akorns are, but I can load up as much charcoal as I want on my Egg and it doesn't really effect temperature when smoking. It's all about the vent positions for temp on mine. I have had situations where I've opened the grill to check something and the top vent has popped all the way open. I forgot to put it back and the temp went up on me. Other than that, or if I've just run out of charcoal mid cook, I haven't had any issues.
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Have a BGE and have not had any issues. Once you get the vents right and the temp set I walk away. I normally put a butt on about 11pm and go to bed check on it when I wake up the next morning. I am not familiar with the brand you have, but will say there was a little bit of a leaning curve in learning how to get the vents set just right so I started with something I could monitor closely and did not have to cook long. I think the first several times I used it I cooked ribs and learned how to control the temp. after that I have been good to go.
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Right there with you. I can choose among a dozen wood choices, set the time and temp on my Bradley, and then go take a geezer nap, down some dranks, or cop a BJ. Not necessarily in that order. My butts, briskets, or sausages will be just fine.
I agree, I use a modified natural gas grill with a homemade smoke generator. I can hold a constant temperature as long as SCE&G doesn't run out of natural gas from cold smoke to 750 degrees. Put as much or as little smoke as I want on it.
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I'm not sure how the Akorns are, but I can load up as much charcoal as I want on my Egg and it doesn't really effect temperature when smoking. It's all about the vent positions for temp on mine. I have had situations where I've opened the grill to check something and the top vent has popped all the way open. I forgot to put it back and the temp went up on me. Other than that, or if I've just run out of charcoal mid cook, I haven't had any issues.
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Have a BGE and have not had any issues. Once you get the vents right and the temp set I walk away. I normally put a butt on about 11pm and go to bed check on it when I wake up the next morning. I am not familiar with the brand you have, but will say there was a little bit of a leaning curve in learning how to get the vents set just right so I started with something I could monitor closely and did not have to cook long. I think the first several times I used it I cooked ribs and learned how to control the temp. after that I have been good to go.
Count me in this group. I have a Kamado Big Joe and with proper vent positions, never have a problem. I do quite a few overnight cooks without losing a wink of sleep. Now I didn't try any long low and slows until I had a good handle on the air controls, but once I nailed it down I've started doing some fun stuff. I like to put ribs on around noon on a Sunday and take the wife and dogs to Jakes for some brunch and bloody marys. Get home at 3 or 4, make some mac n cheese from scratch, sauce up the ribs and supper is ready. Set it and forget it.

I'm starting to think cooking with charcoal is like driving a manual transmission car and propane/electric is like having an automatic. I've always preferred driving a stick and having control of the vehicle, but the older I get the less I want to eff with all that. I keep a weber propane for easy grilling, but I still want the purity of charcoal cooking for now. I may fade in a few years though.

BTW OP, did you use a heat deflector for indirect cooking?
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I know I will get roasted (pun intended) for this, but that is why I prefer electric or propane grills and smokers, so much more control over the temperature.
Same, I use one of the most hated cookers in the bbq world (Treager) everyone always has their 2 cents to say until I throw some banging chicken/pork on their plates

Funny how no one really care while they're eating though.
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I use this, and it solved any problems I have had with my Green Egg. This thing is crazy awesomeness and my smoked butts come out perfect every time, even the bark.

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I have a good friend who owns his own butcher shop and really knows his cuts of meat and how to cook them. He also has had a BGE for over 10 years and he has some great stories of "losing his eyebrows or hair on his arms" from forgetting what he was doing and opening the BGE too fast. As many of the ceramic cooking sites will tell you, "always burp your lid a couple of times before fully opening it". I do this all the time now.

My original problem was I think leaving the cooker unattended for too long and using far too much lump charcoal than I should have used to do what I needed to do. I have learned my lesson and have cook a couple more Boston Butts that were extremely good since my accident/mistake. As one of the posters stated, it really is all about getting use to the vents and making sure your temps stay in the proper zone. I am happy with my Akorn and will continue to use it till it falls apart and regroup then.
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