New Smoker - ECB w/ Gas - Wood placement? Soak?

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by brandonb, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. brandonb

    brandonb Fire Starter

    Hi All,

    I bought a Brinkmann propane smoke n grill yesterday. I'm looking to smoke my first butt this weekend. The owners manual says to put the wood chips/chunks on the lava rocks. Is this the best placement? (there's not a lot of room for a box due to the water pan) If so, how many wood chunks should I start off with? Should I soak them before hand?

  2. brandonb

    brandonb Fire Starter

    Also, I had a question regarding charcoal. Could I add charcoal to the lava rocks to add more smoke/flavor? Are you able to have a mix of charcoal and lava rocks?

  3. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    To start with I would think you will want to wrap the chips in foil, and no soak.
    Soaking wood does absolutely nothing more that delay the smoldering which is what you want, not a lot of steam before the wood begins to burn.
    Not sure if adding charcoal to the lava rocks is a good idea, it may work but I do know they would be a pain to clean.
    My first smoker was a Brinkman Electric Gourmet so I placed wood chunks directly on the lava rocks.
    Never used propane anything so as far as that goes I couldn't help.
    As for the water pan, you could always just remove that for additional room and place a small aluminum loaf pan or anything that will fit on top of the bottom grate and use that as your water pan.
    The ones that come with the unit are quite excessive.
  4. brandonb

    brandonb Fire Starter

    When you wrap the wood in foil do you wrap all of the pieces together or do two or three groups wrapped in foil to spread them out? Do I need to put holes in the foil as well?


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