Chips not maintaining a smoke

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by pp270, May 13, 2013.

  1. pp270

    pp270 Newbie


         I have a smoke hollow electric smoker. The problem I am having is the chips are no longer maintaining  a good smoke. They start, but then stop. Last weekend I did an 8 hr smoke and the chips were hardly burned up when complete. When I first used the smoker I was refilling the chip tray every 3-4 hrs. I also have noticed a reduction in smoke flavor in the meat. 

    Any suggestions on what might be wrong? The smoker could use a good cleaning as there is alot of build up on the bottom. No vents in the bottom aside from where the grease trap hangs so I didn't think this would be the source of the problem. The electric element has no problem holding temperature. 
  2. ats32

    ats32 Smoking Fanatic

    Have you changed your chips? Are you soaking them? If so, some could be getting over soaked. Another problem is that your unit is holding temp so well that the element isn't kicking on long enough to create smoke besides when you first start. Try cleaning out the tray as much as possible, even scrubbing it to get rid of anything that's keeping a barrier from the wood chips.

    For a sure-fire way to solve your problem. Try using for your smoke source.
  3. pp270

    pp270 Newbie

    Yep I change the chips and don't soak them as Smoke Hollow does not recommend that for their models. 

    I will try a good cleaning on it. Any other suggestions?
  4. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Honestly my advice would be to get an Amazen Smoker for better smoke for a longer time without fighting with chips
  5. pp270

    pp270 Newbie

    Thanks for the suggestion. 

    Any other suggestions out there specific to my Smoke Hollow electric smoker?
  6. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I don't have your smoker....but try wood chunks instead of the chips.  I  do have the tube from Todd....and love it!


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