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    Smoker Fire - Be careful, never let your guard down.

    Today was a sad day. My beloved smoker, that I use a lot, went up in flames. I use this smoker for bacon and brisket mostly, but chickens and pork but too. Today started like every other day that I crank it up. Set the meat out, soak the chips, clean what excess grease that I can get off, of the old girl and put the heat to her. I've used propane smokers for ever. Chips in, temp up I put the brisket in. I use a remote thermometer and after the temperature recovered, I settled in for a long smoke and then the beeping began. The temp shot up quickly. Fire. I went to investigate and the chips had caught and were burning. I killed the propane, shut all of the vents and prepared to get the chip tray out. Unfortunately, the fire spread and the grease on top of the water started to burn. It took off from there. All of the hard work seasoning this smoker was going up in flames in front of me. My thermometer peaks at 999 degrees F and it was pegged. It all happened very quickly and I ultimately had to pull the fire extinguisher on it. There were flames about 6 feet out of the top.

    I've been doing this a long time and I'm glad that I caught this one as quickly as I did. I lost the smoker, and 7 pounds of brisket, but otherwise, everything is ok.

    Reminder, be careful. No matter how long you have been doing something, it can go wrong in an instant.

    (Sorry, no action pictures, I was too busy taking care of the situation).
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    That sucks man, too bad, but good the fire never spread.
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    Sad that you lost the smoker, but thanks for the reminder!
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    Thanks for the reminder Bubber, something I never really think about with our smoker.
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    That is a bummer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubber View Post

    (Sorry, no action pictures, I was too busy taking care of the situation).
    That is quite understandable, but after the fire was out and it was just a smoldering mess would have been a good time no?

    Seriously, that could have been a real disaster, good thing you didn't leave it unattended!
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    Bubber, so sorry to hear about this. :empathy3: Thank goodness you were there to put that fire out before it got out of hand.
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    Glad to hear your ok an you handle the situation quite well!! Send that brisket over to that tree GOONE that your neighbor used!!
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    Thanks for the words everyone. I just put this out there because things happen. Maybe I should have soaked the chips longer, maybe I could have removed them quicker, maybe something else. I've got a system down that has worked for hundreds of hours, something was different this time, though. Don't get complacent.

    My wife said that this was my way of getting that new smoker that I wanted. I'll say that I'd never ruin $50 of meat to get a $200 smoker. I don't use incredibly expensive smokers.

    Anyway, here she was this morning just getting rolling. After pics tomorrow.

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    [QUOTE=Bubber;160798]

    My wife said that this was my way of getting that new smoker that I wanted. I'll say that I'd never ruin $50 of meat to get a $200 smoker.


    Yah, think my wife thinks I messed up my 2210 so I could get the 1026. I didn't really. Really I didn't...
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