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December 4th, 2014, 1:25 pm
* Abilene ** Abilene *
  • Joined: November 3rd, 2014, 9:41 am
  • Posts: 24
  • Location: Pell City, AL

I'm still trying to master my new Yoder Cheyenne smoker. I'm trying to maintain a temperature of 250 degrees. I dumped a chimney full of lump coal into the firebox and placed two splits of hickory on top of that. Once the logs started burning nice and good, I reached 250 degrees. I had a nice blue thin smoke coming out of the chimney...then I closed the firebox door and adjusted the damper half way. It seemed to put out the fire and the logs smoldered, the temp went up to 300 and I had billowing while smoke. I opened the firebox door, the logs seemed to reignite, I had, once again, a nice blue, thin smoke. What am I doing wrong? Thanx for your help.

December 5th, 2014, 9:56 pm
* Wichita ** Wichita *
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  • Joined: August 16th, 2014, 10:02 pm
  • Posts: 246
  • Location: Iowa

Hey beachbum44,
I had similar issues. When I close the fire box door I do it very slow and leave the damper 100% open. After a few minutes I start to close the damper a little (just right before the fire looses air and the white smoke starts) maybe a 1/2 inch adjustment, I do this until I get the damper to about 25% open (it does take me about 5 to 10 minutes to get it where I want). If the temperature in the cooking chamber gets too high, I will prop open the main cooking chamber door with a small piece wood until the temp gets closer the desired cooking temp. I typically cook around 230 to 250 range. The white smoke I am told causes a bitter taste to the meats and the thought of ruining a brisket or ribs bothers me, so I watch it like a hawk until I get things where I want them. Good luck, I hope this helps.

I do preheat the wood also, I'll put a couple of splits in the fire box on the opposite side of the fire until they are needed, Then I also put a few pieces on top of the fire box to keep head of the game.

December 6th, 2014, 6:34 am
* Abilene ** Abilene *
  • Joined: November 3rd, 2014, 9:41 am
  • Posts: 24
  • Location: Pell City, AL

Thanx, MikesYS. I'll give it a shot. I appreciate you taking the time to help me out.

January 12th, 2015, 1:34 pm
* Abilene ** Abilene *
  • Joined: January 6th, 2015, 3:02 pm
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You may want to watch this video:

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January 14th, 2015, 11:04 pm
* Abilene ** Abilene *
  • Joined: August 26th, 2014, 3:15 pm
  • Posts: 38
  • Location: Eastlake, Ohio

I had similar issues when I first started with my new Wichita. It turned out my hickory splits weren't seasoned enough. No problems since my wood stash had completely dried out.

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