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smokercraft



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21 16 4:55 am    Post subject: No blue smoke Reply with quote

I have a homemade smoker with a gas burner for heat and the wood hotplate separate from the smoker. The smoke is piped into the smoker from the bottom and I never see blue smoke every one talks about. The outlet is on the top and is wide open. The smoke chamber has a door which I leave part open for air flow over the hotplate. I use seasoned wood chunks I cut myself split into small pieces and placed into a pan over the hotplate. I have never had blue smoke and sometimes I have a bitter taste on my meat. Do I need more air in the smoker or a bigger outlet. Thanks
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21 16 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What wood are the chunks of wood?

You cooking is hard to visualize, do you have any pictures?

Creosote taste, bitter, like kissing an ash tray, is normally caused by incomplete burning of wood and wood products, so I'd say you are not getting a clean burn on your wood.

Your pan on the hotplate may be reducing the direct heat, you would need to get the wood to burn rather than smoldering.

You are not really burning enough wood to get the thin blue smoke, tbs is more what you will get from fist sized chunks, burning in either charcoal or a split log wood fire.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21 16 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When you put a chunk of wood on a plate and heat it up you're just charring the wood and it's going to give off smoke and gasses. Thin blue smoke comes from a clean burning fire that combusts at temperatures high enough to burn off the gasses and as a result doesn't produce thick smoke.

Some folks use a smoke generator to control the amount of smoke. I'm just throwing this out there, and have never tried it myself, but see if you can get a handful of wood pellets to put in your plate to see if it delivers a better quality smoke.


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smokercraft



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21 16 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use apple and cherry wood. It does smolder and not burn but so does sawdust and my Bradley smoker smolders wood pucks also. Should I add charcoal to my wood to help it burn. How does a electric smoker use it's wood to burn in a pan the same way ? THANKS
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21 16 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the bitterness says to me you need more air into the firebox and or a taller stack.
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