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Guru on a stick burner

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rodliv

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Has anyone used a GURU on a stick burner?  I two of the fans in the firebox and wonder if there is anyone that can help with some of the many questions I have.

!) Should the vents be open all the way at the beginning or how do I start the burn?
2) With a 250 gallon chamber with the average size insulated firebox, how long of a smoke ( say at 250 degrees ) can I get before I need to add more fuel?

HELP! :-\
#1 - November 22, 2010, 08:03:32 pm
Rod Livingston
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Hey Rod
I would think Clint should be able to answer your question have you tried him yet?
I'm thinking of putting one on my pit one day would be interested in what you find out
#2 - November 23, 2010, 02:30:48 pm
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rodliv

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 :D I showed you how I do my ribs, you use my seasoned smoker and now you want me to figure out the Guru for you too. If you want I will be your head cook on your team... ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
#3 - November 23, 2010, 05:23:10 pm
Rod Livingston
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Why you are at it head cook can you get me a cold one too  ;D  ;D  ;D
#4 - November 23, 2010, 06:09:52 pm
Don't over think your common sense
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Spicy Mike

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I'm on a team (Taboo BBQ) with my buddy Martin (Squealers) and we use a guru on his stick burner rig. It works awesome and lets us get some sleep and gives us a piece of mind. We usually start the fire with the door and exhaust stacks wide open. Once she's going, we shut the door and hook up the fans thru the modified damper in the door. Can't answer the how long will the fuel last question as it is all relative to many factors. All I can tell you is that we have learned to load the firebox right up and let the fans regulate the air intake. The trick is to listen to the fans! You want them to be intermitant with them blowing and stopping. If they are blowing steady, it means you are running out of fuel and they are trying to compensate for temp loss by adding air to the fire. - Hope that helps. 
#5 - February 06, 2011, 05:52:44 pm
Salad!?! Salad ain't food, it's what we FEED food!

azkitch

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  I showed you how I do my ribs, you use my seasoned smoker and now you want me to figure out the Guru for you too. If you want I will be your head cook on your team...     

OK, Rod. That's funny! Thanks!
#6 - February 06, 2011, 08:01:11 pm
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For cooking, lower and slower. For spices, mo' hotter, mo' better. Habaneros rule!

Bill Bain

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I'm on a team (Taboo BBQ) with my buddy Martin (Squealers) and we use a guru on his stick burner rig. It works awesome and lets us get some sleep and gives us a piece of mind. We usually start the fire with the door and exhaust stacks wide open. Once she's going, we shut the door and hook up the fans thru the modified damper in the door. Can't answer the how long will the fuel last question as it is all relative to many factors. All I can tell you is that we have learned to load the firebox right up and let the fans regulate the air intake. The trick is to listen to the fans! You want them to be intermitant with them blowing and stopping. If they are blowing steady, it means you are running out of fuel and they are trying to compensate for temp loss by adding air to the fire. - Hope that helps. 

Are you loading up with charcoal or wood?  If charcoal are you doing a modified Minion?
#7 - June 10, 2012, 06:58:11 am
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bearbonez

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 I had asked this question before in a few places, because I was wanting to maximize fuel consumption. Pretty much every answer I got was the same, including from quite a few that have tried it. No noticable difference other than a lighter wallet and a hole in their firebox.
#8 - June 11, 2012, 10:25:36 am
David "Bear" Nunley

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Wouldnt you have to run charcoal?  I would think that with logs, that you risk not running a very clean fire.  I would also say that with your size smoker Rod, you would want to make sure that you have the 25 CFM fans.  I used two tens with the Bamzoni and the smoke had a hard time getting across the chamber.
#9 - June 11, 2012, 08:23:00 pm
Cooking on 2 WSM's 22.5's W/BBQ Guru DigiQ

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