New to the forum, just wanted to say hello and ask my first question.
I am a beginner smoker and recently bought a Masterbuilt electric smoker. It's the 30" one sold at Bass Pro. After asking around, figured an electric would be the best for a beginner. The first thing I tried was a chicken last weekend. I ended up smoking with a combination of apple and pecan chips. For my first try, I felt like it turned out very good. Not to mention the wife enjoyed it too.
So my question might be pretty dumb but here goes. Since this was my first time (other than preseasoning) using the smoker, I decided to get the temperature where I wanted it, which after some adjustment took about 20 minutes. Once I got the temp dialed in, I put the wood chips in the wood box, and then placed the chicken in the smoker. I began to smell the wood chips within a few minutes but there was no noticable smoke billowing from the smoker box until about an hour after placing the chicken. Should I have done this differently and should there have been smoke exiting the smoker from the get-go? I soaked the wood chips for about 20 minutes immediately preceeding placing them in the wood chip box in the smoker. All this said, we could definitely taste the flavor from smoking and it seemed like it was a good amount of flavor.
Thanks for any input...