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A few Newbie questions

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hello all!


i have a few questions...


I was given an electric smoker, a medium sized can shaped one. I put it together and read the instructions but they are very vague 

on how the wood chips are used. there is the electric element in the bottom surrounded by lava rocks, and a water pan. Where do i put the chips? in an aluminum pie pan directly on the element, under the water pan? 


please enlighten the NewBie on how to get the smoker smokin' !

post #2 of 8


This site has tons of info.

I would suggest you spend some time reading all the different forums and the WIKIs.

Then use the handy dandy search tool for specific interests!!

Take the awesome free E-Course!!!

Have a great day!!!




post #3 of 8

Welcome to SMF!

Can you post a photo of your smoker?

It would be easier to help you if we knew what you had.

post #4 of 8

Is it red and looks like R2D2 ? 

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

yes it sure does look like  R2-D2!


I figure it goes from bottom to top:


element/lava rocks

chip/wood pan or pouches

water pan 

two grills 



any tips?

ill keep reading forum threads as well

thanks for the responses all



post #6 of 8

Keep your electrical cord as short as possible and a decent gauge. Double check the temperature gauge in the smoker, they are known to be off quite a bit. These smokers are somewhat limited by ambient temps, so avoid rain and wind if at all possible. If you find you cannot get in the 225 to 250º smoking zone, see about changing the water out of the pan to Playbox Sand instead.

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 





a nice gift from the neighbors who are moving ... said it came from his inlaws

post #8 of 8

WELCOME !!!!!!!

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