First time post, First time attempt at smoking today. I just transformed a 22inch charcoal grill into a electric smoker by installing a 1100watt hotplate on the bottom. On the first try, which is today, I noticed that it does real well on putting out smoke (using Hickory chunks not chips) but I see two problems already. 1, I see quite a bit of smoke escaping and 2, the max temp ive gotten it up to is 190 and its been going for about a hour and a half. I can send pics of my project to a someones email if needed. Any suggestions on how to fix these issues to get it to the desired 225-250degree mark? Thanks
update its been 2 hours now and ive gotten it up too 200degrees which i know isnt hot enough from what ive read. Im smoking chicken leg quarters that have been rubbed as my first go around since they are cheap and dont want to ruin a good pricey piece of meat.