Grease tray to protect electric heating element

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by chuck2u, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. chuck2u

    chuck2u Newbie

    Just purchased a Smoke Hollow electric smoker and after seasoning it cooked our first meal on the thing.  For the maiden event I choose two chickens and potatoes with hickory chips.  To my question:

    Can/should I use a grease tray? 

    I did not like the grease falling to the heating element.  The manual says not to spill liquids on the thing, but clearly allows for grease to fall onto it.  I cranked it up to "high" to put some crisp on the chicken skin, but I could hear a grease fire igniting and then going out over and over.  From the start I put an aluminum tray on the bottow shelf, but felt that it was preventing a good air-flow through the unit so I took it out.

    Thanks for any advice you can send my way.

  2. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I would to keep your smoker clean and last longer. Besides I personally don't like sour smoke from fat while smoking. 

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