OK, I'm a little confused...

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by steve nellett, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. After doing some research here, I found a couple things I can't seem to find an answer to. 

    First off, I have the el cheapo electric brinkman smoker.  I have seen several references to the Amazen smoke generators here in various threads, but I'm not sure if one would work in my smoker.  I can't imagine setting it directly on the heating element or on a few lava rocks is a good idea.  What have others done in this situation?

    Secondly, in reading about the smoke generators, I saw a few mentions to filling them with sea salt.  What is the purpose behind this?  I can't imagine the salt takes on any smoke flavor, does it?
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I'm not real familiar with your smoker, but if you have 2 racks then the AMNPS would go on the bottom rack above the water pan. Never heard of putting salt in a smoke generator.
  3. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    People smoke salt all the time.  They say it adds a great flavor.

    Don't forget you fill the Am smoker with saw dust or pellets and light them.  So they will be placed beneath what ever you are trying to smoke 
  4. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  5. Fantastic!  Thanks for the info! 

    In the mean time, until I get my hands on one of these AMNPS units, if I put plain wood chips on the rack above my water bowl, will that get hot enough to generate some decent smoke, or should I leave the water bowl out to do this with a cheapo smoker box?
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2011
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Steve, morning... Pictures of the inside of your smoker would help here.... The wood chips, sawdust, pellets etc. should go in a container on the heating element.... start out with 1/4 cup wood chips... see what happens.... I do not use water in my smoker... so I guess it is a personal choice... here you can see the smoke gen next to the element.... It gets lit separately using a torch and not the heat from the element..... Same principle as the Amazn from Todd...



    Last edited: Dec 26, 2011
  7. Thanks Dave!  I think that answers my question!


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