One of the most frequently asked questions from new smoker cooker owners is "how to start a smoker cooker fire?". Ben Lang shares instructional videos on how to start a fire in your Lang BBQ smoker cooker with kindling and with propane.
In addition to learning how to light up your smoker cooker the videos show you how and why you want to:
Burn Out Impurities
Get "Clean Heat"
How to Steam Clean & Season your Grill
Ben Lang demonstrates how to start a smoker cooker fire with kindling wood, how to get the fire to temperature and then how to steam clean and season the grill.
Ben Lang demonstrates how to start a smoker cooker fire with a propane starter.
Steps on How to Fire it Up Your Smoker Cooker
Select lighting method; kindling, propane torch, charcoal, or lighter fluid
Have water hose ready for clean up
Open doors and dampers.
Open damper on the fire box (the pin wheel dampers on the fire box)
Open smoke stack
Open the door on the smoker cooker
Place kindling, wood or charcoal in the fire box
Light the kindling, wood or charcoal with a lighter, match or propane torch
When lit, add more dry wood to "build a big fire"
Once you have have a fire burning and a draft has started
Shut the smoker cooker door into the "open latch" position for additional air.
Close the fire box door in the "open latch" position to create a draft
Notice the smoke stack there will be lots of smoke
How to Get Your Grill Temperature
When the temperature starts to climb close the smoker cooker door latch. The smoke in the smoke stack will start going away and you'll have "clear heat"
Let the temperature rise past the temperature that you want to cook at. Then when you load your meat you will have a recovery period when the door is open and the meat is on.
The smoke stack should be clear, i.e. clear heat
When you add wood to the fire box gradually adjust the pin wheel dampers
When firing up a Lang BBQ Smokers® Cooker
More instructions and tips about your smoker cooker
Watch this video about tips on fire management
Raise the nose of the cooker so the heat is "flowing up the hill"
If it's windy, re-position your smoker cooker so the Wind .. position your cooker so the wind blows toward the tail to fan the flame.
When the temperature rises open the door to let out condensation.