Lots of wook chips left over from my last smoke

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by teeroy, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. teeroy

    teeroy Smoke Blower

    My last smoke was my first smoke. I had the feeling towards the end that I was using too many wood chips. This morning I was getting the smoker ready for my smoke today and saw this when I pulled out the chip tray. Check out all the unburned chips. I guess that confirms my question that I was using too many.

    I've been reading on here that people use 7-10 quarter sized chips for each load 45 min to 1 hour apart. This is for the MES. So I plan on using that technique today.

    Also, I plan on reusing a bunch of these. Even the black ones that are slightly charcoaled. Should that be a problem?
  2. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    When I first started I loaded the chip holder to the top until I saw what you did. Now I just put a little in there just to make TBS
  3. mnbike

    mnbike Fire Starter

    I add just a small handfull on each fill repeating the fill about every hour to hour and half. Seems like it gets it going to just a light blue smoke. When I'm done the tray just has a small ash pile.
  4. pantherfan83

    pantherfan83 Smoking Fanatic


    I also put a couple pieces of lump charcoal in it when I'm pre-heating and then add another lump every-other time I add chunks.

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