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I got a TipTopTemp recently and with the excellent mods posted I have it attached to the Acorn. Since the top opens and closes automatically I am not too sure what the best method is to establish a stable temp of 225 or another temperature.  I kinda used the same method as before and did the volcano method and brought it up to 250 really slow on my last cook, and I was able to dial it in pretty good. I was smoking some ribs and I piggy backed on this smoke with a butt for the next day, and in the process of opening the lid etc the temperature got away from me a bit. (260-275) and I was wanting to smoke the butt at 225 but I was never really able to bring back down because even though the TTT was totally shut it still leaked a fair amount.


While this is a little out of the ordinary, I was wondering if anyone had a nice method for when they start up their smoker with a TTT? and how to get it settled into the right temp. When I was at 250 I had the bottom vent at 1, and the top fully open and controlled with the TTT.

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I have one on my Akorn also. I let my temp get up to around 160 and then shut my bottom vent to about .75 and set the TTT to a 2.2 setting with the top vent wide open. This gets me to around 220-230. Remember that it is a lot harder to cool down a hot Kamado then it is to bring the heat up. If I start to over heat I turn the TTT down till it is as far closed as it will go as mine will not close completely and close the bottom vent to a .5 or below setting till I cool back down a tad.

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I have found that the numbers on the dial are not that reliable for repeating settings for me.


I think this is because sometimes I have more lump lit than at other times, or my bottom vent is not exactly the same


After I get my temps to close to 175 I start shutting down like when I am not using the TTT, by the time it hits 200 I have the TTT almost closed. I don't want the termps running away so I will just slowly open it a little bit and as the temp creeps up it TTT closes. I keep this up until I am at my temp


And for the record I don't sweat a 25 degree difference, the meat wont really care


I usually shoot for 250, anything between 225 to 275 is fine with me for most cooks. Actually 225 is a bit low in my opinion but I know people seems to shoot for that temp on this site.


Like anything else, it takes some playing with but it works great once you learn it

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and also, if my temps do happen to creep up too much from messing with the food or whatever, I will put a magnet on the flap of the TTT and close the bottom vent and let it come back down, it will take a while but it doesn't hurt anything

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Thanks for the tips, I didn't sweat it too much when I did the butt at a higher temperature and it was delicious. (Cooked faster than I expected though) I was mainly just seeing if anyone had a good method of establishing their smoking temperature. I was pretty comfortable with getting to the temperature I wanted without the TTT, but I was hoping the TTT would control it a little better than I could. (more automated I guess especially on an overnight cook)

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I keep everything wide open until it hits just over 200.  At that point, i close the bottom vent to .5 and the TTT to 2.5.  This seems to rapidly stop the temp rising on my Kamado.  It has no problem holding temps between 245 and 225 for long hours.  

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I have found that the Akorn is so efficient that even the small amount of air that gets through the TTT when fully closed that it can prevent temperature reduction and even continue to creep up.

I have had pretty good results with running with the bottom vent completely closed, and if necessary setting the top vent at 2.5 under the TTT

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I've had my Akorn about 2 months.  I am still trying to learn how to keep it at a temperature between 225-250 without having to constantly tend to it.  Is this possible without the mods listed on this forum?

I am new to the akorn too. With the ring of fire method I am able to maintain 225 having the top open 1/5 and the bottom vent open 1 to 1.5. I have not modified the cooker. The TTT is pretty cool. With the TTT I leave the top half open, the bottom on 1 and the TTT on 3 plus ring of fire. It's been at 235 for 4hours today without touching a thing!

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I've had my Akorn about 2 months.  I am still trying to learn how to keep it at a temperature between 225-250 without having to constantly tend to it.  Is this possible without the mods listed on this forum?



Yep, I think some people have experienced some leakage which can cause issues but use the volcano method and bring it up slowly to the target temperature. I will normally make some small adjustments during a cook but I have done some overnight smoking without the TTT. I also think if you stay between 225-250 things will turn out pretty tasty.

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There are a lot of variables. Make sure there is no xtra air sneaking in anywhere. Start with a small fire and start vent closing at 150-160°F. Your top vent should likely be nearly completely closed, just the little moons showing i find. (Toe's good advice) I know a few people here that have had success with briquettes over lump for the low and slow in the snake fashion vrs volcano. They burn at a little lower temp apparently. (The "ash police" will be all over me for this.) I use a mix and lump and briquette myself. Deflector types and sizes play into it too, from pizza stones and pans to hub caps from 12 inch to 16 inch in all thickness. Pizza pans are cheap so find one that works for u as well as pizza stones too, Wally world probably your best bet. I have the factory smokin stone too, also an option if you can get one and want to spend the cash. I find the bigger the deflector i use the more fuel i burn. Others fear burning the crap out of your bottom end, ash pans, handles and the like but never had any issues ( again small fire). I use a large drip pan 14 x 13 " sometimes and set it on top of the firebox under the grate and nothing else and works good for me. It's an old broiler pan out of someones oven, cleans up nice.


So I guess my advise would be small fire and don't be afraid to try things. Good luck 

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