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Unread 02-03-2013, 02:31 PM   #1
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Default Pit Barrel Cooker (PBC) Question

Not sure if this has been asked already, if so Sorry for the repeat.

I read that the PBC locks in around 280º so it cooks faster.

Question is, can the Intake be adjusted to lower the cooking Temps down to the 225º-240º range?
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From the photos, it looks like you have to loosen a bolt. So yes, but not easily. I'll have mine on thursday.

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Sure. it's not something that I'd want to do during a cook, but you can move the damper to any position that you want.
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You certainly can, in fact, you will have to adj according to air density. Have no fear of changing the temp during a cook, this pit responds like a sport bike (very responsive).

Look how much I had to close it to get 275 today http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=153031
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Sure. it's not something that I'd want to do during a cook, but you can move the damper to any position that you want.
So is it your opinion that the PBC cooks better at a higher temp? Would you ever want to get it down to around 225º to do a Lo-n-Slo cook?
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So is it your opinion that the PBC cooks better at a higher temp? Would you ever want to get it down to around 225º to do a Lo-n-Slo cook?
I've only done one cook on my PBC, so I don't have an opinion on that.

But, I don't cook below 250 on any of my cookers except to do a prime rib roast.
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Anyone figger out how big that intake hole is yet?
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Anyone figger out how big that intake hole is yet?
It looks like 3-3 1/2"
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Anyone figger out how big that intake hole is yet?
I've posted that in two other threads where you've asked. 3 1/2 inches.
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Not sure if this has been asked already, if so Sorry for the repeat.

I read that the PBC locks in around 280º so it cooks faster.

Question is, can the Intake be adjusted to lower the cooking Temps down to the 225º-240º range?
Yes it can be. I don't do it forsake of my UDS. If I want to do a 225-250 cook then I use the UDS or my Coleman if I am only doing a small quantity cook.
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Anyone figger out how big that intake hole is yet?
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I've posted that in two other threads where you've asked. 3 1/2 inches.
Dang Ronl, You are in a little PBC mode...
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Anyone figger out how big that intake hole is yet?
That's classified information :)

And on the question of cooking temps, many people will start out at a lower temp, like 225-250 to get some smoke flavor and enhance smoke ring development. But after first hour, they will want to crank up the heat to 275-325 to power through rest of cook. This works great, and having a fixed intake doesn't help the process.
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Yes it can be. I don't do it forsake of my UDS. If I want to do a 225-250 cook then I use the UDS or my Coleman if I am only doing a small quantity cook.
Why, not trying to be a PITA, just trying to figure out the sudden love for the PBC, it seems to be no different than an UDS. What is all the excitement about/
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^ I understand the intake on a PBC isn't fixed. But it's not easy to change from what I've read. You have to run out to the garage and grab a tool to move it or something..
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That's classified information :)
I guess.. Near as I can tell, it looks like the one hole could be a correct way to build a cooker like this...
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