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 Post subject: FIRE!!!
PostPosted: December 4th, 2011, 4:52 pm 
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I have a paltinum 5 that I bought used. I have it over a year and have cooked on it with no issue until now. I have had 2 fires inside the pit in the last month. The first was the worst one where it torched 5 packer briskets and 10 pork shoulders. Teh door warped slightly, but once it cooled it went back in place. I felt that was a freak incident......

On Wednesday night for thanksgiving and I put 3 turkeys in. Went out 30 minutes after they were on and found a fire in the pit again. This time I got the meat out and saved it. I got the fire out ontop of the bottom plate, but there were flames coming up on teh left side of the cooker from underneath the steel plate.

any idea why this is happening or how I can prevent this? I am really afraid to use the cooker as it is mounted on a trailer porch as well. Any help is greatly appreciated!


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 Post subject: Re: FIRE!!!
PostPosted: December 4th, 2011, 4:54 pm 
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I'm sure more experienced members with knowledge of that model will help you out.

My guess a plugged grease drain, or unlevel cooking area not letting the grease drain?

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 Post subject: Re: FIRE!!!
PostPosted: December 4th, 2011, 5:09 pm 
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I would agree with Mark, and I would also call Stump.
How old is your Platinum? I ask about the age because in my legacy GF222CM, it had to be kept level if there was any grease being rendered or else it will pool and catch fire.

Oh, and welcome to the forum. Glad to have you posting here.

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 Post subject: Re: FIRE!!!
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It was level and the grease drain was not clogged. That is why I am really confused. I'm kind of goofy when it comes to levelness of the cooker. There was no grease when I started and I did not think in 30 minutes that 3 turkeys could give off that much grease to burn.

I'll try to call stumps. Teh cooker is about 3 years old if the original owner was telling me the truth.

Thanks for the welcome....hope to be around here for a while!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: FIRE!!!
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Hmmmm I'm just thinking out loud here.

An air leak that is feeding the fire too much?
What temp were you cooking at? Has your thermometer been tested for accuracy?

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 Post subject: Re: FIRE!!!
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Are you using an ATC? What is your ball valve setting. If you are using an act and have the ball valve wide open it is kinda like a blow torch and that could start a grease fire. I don't put food on until my cooker is at temp and then once the food is on I run the ball valve about half open

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 Post subject: Re: FIRE!!!
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OK, I am still thinking this through. I'm not that familiar with the Platinums, so anything I say will is just a guess. Was there any grease under the diffuser plate when you bought it...No, that can't be it, you said you have used it for over a year. From re-reading your post, it sounds like you keep it much cleaner than I keep mine, so I'm lost. I am still thinking, though. Let us know what you find out, so I can put the old brain back in neutral. ;)

C'mon STUMP, help the man out! 8-)

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 Post subject: Re: FIRE!!!
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Bob in Fla wrote:
OK, I am still thinking this through. I'm not that familiar with the Platinums, so anything I say will is just a guess. Was there any grease under the diffuser plate when you bought it...No, that can't be it, you said you have used it for over a year. From re-reading your post, it sounds like you keep it much cleaner than I keep mine, so I'm lost. I am still thinking, though. Let us know what you find out, so I can put the old brain back in neutral. ;)

C'mon STUMP, help the man out! 8-)

BOB

at least you have to shift your brain back into neutral. Mine pops out of gear all by itself :lol: :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: FIRE!!!
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Mark might have it with too much air somewhere....

markcp wrote:
Hmmmm I'm just thinking out loud here.

An air leak that is feeding the fire too much?
What temp were you cooking at? Has your thermometer been tested for accuracy?

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 Post subject: Re: FIRE!!!
PostPosted: December 4th, 2011, 6:26 pm 
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I use a guru on my pit. My last cook everything was at temp prior to putting on the turkeys.


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