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Testing out the smoker over the weekend

 
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MrStik



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22 16 1:07 am    Post subject: Testing out the smoker over the weekend Reply with quote

Ok. this is the second time I have used my electric smoker. The brand is Range Master (if I recall) that my brother bought me from Aldi.

First time I used it, I didn't feel I got enough smoke. I smelled it, but my applewood chips were not smoldering and I never had to change it. Food didn't have too much of a smoky flavor, just a hint. I placed a cast iron plate/pan directly on the heating element.

Fast forward to Saturday. I had 3 types of woods. Chips, pellets and pretty much sawdust. This time I put the wood on the pan and covered with foil, and poked holes into it for the smoke to come out. I tried the sawdust first. Smoked like a charm, but got used up pretty fast (about 20-30 mins). I then used the pellets and that smoked pretty well and was used up as quickly as the saw dust. Final application, I put in the wood chips, and it did look like it was going to work, but I had bacon fat drip into the chip pan and a flare up. So I finished the last 30 without smoke.

The flavor was there, and I am somewhat pleased with the results. Now there were a couple things I did different this time. First, I covered the chip pan with foil, I would assume this created a hotter environment that caused more smoldering? Second the weather was a lot cooler Saturday than about a month ago when I had my first attempt. Third, I didn't latch the door all the way. This allowed more heat to escape. This caused the heating element to stay on longer and allowed the temperature inside to maintain 225-235 much better.

Still a learning process for me, and even though this smoker is not the greatest, I like tinkering with it while it smokes. But I do want to upgrade to a WSM someday.. =)
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22 16 4:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might want to consider adding a smoke generator. You can't run one when you are running high temps but if you want to add smoke you can run your cooker at 225 or below for a couple of hours and use the generator to impart flavor and then bump your temp up



This is a 12" A-Maze-N Smoking Tube. Fill with pellets, light it at the open end, allow 10 minutes for it to stabilize, lay on side in smoker. The 12" puts out a very nice volume of smoke for 6.5-7 hours. They also make a 6" that will burn 2.5-3 hours. I used it the first time for bacon and was extremely pleased. They make a tray as well that follows a maze while burning pellets. Look em up.
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