The Virtual Weber Bullet The Virtual Weber Bullet
TVWB Homepage TVWB Product Info TVWB Cooking Topics TVWB Operating Tips & Mods TVWB Videos TVWB Resources TVWB Shopping
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14

Thread: High Altitude Mods

  1. #1
    New Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Fort Collins, CO
    Posts
    27
    I have a new 22" WSM and have done about a dozen cooks on it. I live at 5000' altitude and I find it can be difficult to get the cooker up to 275 degrees. I usually have to keep all three bottom vents open and crack the door an inch or so to keep the temps up. I use Kingsford Blue charcoal in the cooker.

    Any ideas on what I can do to keep the temps up? I was thinking about getting the Cajun Bandit door for it but that may not be a good idea if I have to keep the door open to keep the temps up.

    Thanks for any advice you can offer.

  2. #2
    TVWBB Wizard
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    South Texas
    Posts
    1,696
    Stewart add a 2nd vent to the lid, this will create more airflow thru your fire creating more heat.
    Go Spurs Go

  3. #3
    TVWBB Emerald Member Shawn W's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    Posts
    3,300
    If you are using water try running waterless with loose crumpled foil in the pan covered by a top covering layer of foil that you change every cook. if you are having trouble getting the temp you want dont use the water heatsink.

  4. #4
    TVWBB All-Star Mike Willis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    PNW
    Posts
    1,347
    I'm with Shawn W on this. I live at 5000' also and I foil the empty water pan. I do high heat butts and my 18.5" WSM cruises along at 350 degrees.

    By going waterless, you should be able to shut down your vents to maintain your 275 degree target.
    Mikey

    '98 Weber 22.5", Weber 22.5" rotisserie attachment, '05 SJP, '08 WSM, '? Gas Go Anywhere, '09 SJS

  5. #5
    New Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Fort Collins, CO
    Posts
    27
    Sorry. I should have said in the original post that I don't use water in the pan. If I still have trouble I will try adding another vent to the lid.

  6. #6
    TVWBB Wizard Dave from Denver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Denver Co
    Posts
    1,897
    Stewart, I live in Golden which is a bit higher than Fort Collins I believe. If I want high heat I just offset the lid a quarter inch, it has a similar effect that adding an additional vent would have.


  7. #7
    TVWBB Honor Circle
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Lebanon, TN
    Posts
    4,537
    It's obviously more expensive, but given a try, you might fall in love with Kingsford Competition.

    It consistently burns a good bit hotter than other briqs I've tried, including Stubbs. You won't miss that Kbb smell or flavor, either, trust me.
    22.5" WSM, 18.5" wsm, Performer, 26.75" OTG, 22.5" OTG, SJ

  8. #8
    TVWBB Hall of Fame timothy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Montgomery, IL
    Posts
    6,814
    I do what Dave does just crack the lid with a metal spatula. Watch it tho the temps will climb quickly in 10 mins IME.
    Bryan S clued me in on this method.

    Tim
    Different smokes for different folks. Wish the Dollar Store sold gas!

  9. #9
    TVWBB Emerald Member Shawn W's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    Posts
    3,300
    I added 2 top and 3 bottom dampers to my WSM before I clued into the lid crack tip

    Lid Pic here

    TVWBB thread about it here


    Adding the dampers is probably a little better for even temps inside but a lot of work and extra holes in your WSM for little benefit IMO.

  10. #10
    TVWBB Hall of Fame timothy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Montgomery, IL
    Posts
    6,814
    I remember that 3-eyed monster LOL. that was an inspiration for some to use a spare charcoal bowl as a lid for the HH.
    Glad to see ya back Shawn!

    Tim
    Different smokes for different folks. Wish the Dollar Store sold gas!

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. High altitude adjustments for Go Anywhere?
    By Rich M. in forum Weber Portable Grills
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 01-10-2011, 05:55 PM
  2. High Altitude Smoking
    By Wayne Lehman in forum New WSM Owners
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 03-30-2010, 07:06 AM
  3. high altitude on a 18" wsm
    By Scott Kephart in forum WSM - 14.5", 18.5" & 22.5"
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 02-06-2009, 04:37 PM
  4. High Altitude Smoking
    By D Jennings in forum Q&A with Ray Lampe, "Dr. BBQ"
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-01-2005, 04:29 PM
  5. Spares at high altitude, first try
    By in forum Barbecuing
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 09-05-2003, 05:50 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •