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OK, I'm a little confused...

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

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?

post #2 of 7

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.

post #3 of 7

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 

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Originally Posted by Steve Nellett View Post

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?  You would not set it on the lava or near any heat source.  You light the dust/pellets directly to generate your smoke; this will not provide much heat, if any.  Your element just provides heat for cooking in that situation.  If you're not cooking (say smoking cheese, for example), you would not turn on your element.

 

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?  I have not heard of filling a smoke generator with sea salt; however, I believe some folks do smoke salt for flavor...



 

post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 

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?

post #6 of 7

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...

Dave

 

LL

 

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Edited by DaveOmak - 12/26/11 at 9:09am
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thanks Dave!  I think that answers my question!
 

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Originally Posted by DaveOmak View Post

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...

Dave

 

After 1 hour.jpg



 

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