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My name is Dee and I live in hot, humid Florida on the Space Coast. I had always wanted a smoker, but I knew that I'd never be patient and attentive enough to stand guard by a conventional wood smoker so I finally bought a Brinkmann Gourmet Electric a year ago from Home Depot (it's one of the fire engine red-colored bullet-shaped ones).


I only got to use it a couple of times before we left last year on our annual motorhome travels, but I loved the results. Since I couldn't find chunks of wood in my area, I was using some of the chips that I'd previously used in my cast iron smoking box on my gas grill. I used foil to create canoe-shaped containers to put my soaked wood chips into. I sat those between the electric heating elements, but made sure that they weren't touching the element itself. I was happy with how that worked, but wanted to branch out to using more than just the usual hickory and mesquite chips that I could get locally. Since my son in WA state had just purchased an auger-driven Traeger that he was getting fantastic results out of using the wood pellets, I decided to wait until we got out there during the summer to purchase some other flavors of chips/pellets/chunks. I figured that I could find a spot somewhere in the storage bays of the motorhome for a couple of bags of wood even if I couldn't fit my smoker in there to use during our trip.


Long story short...I ended up buying 20 # bags of Bear Mountain brand wood pellets to bring home. I got Cascade Alder, Sweet Cherry, Washington Apple and Smokehouse Maple. I LOVE the flavor that they give, but I'm still in sorta of a quandry on how to most effectively use them in the electric smoker. I decided to use the same foil "canoes" that I had used with the chips, but I very quickly learned not to use as many of them as I had with the chips. I ended up with a fire inside of the smoker because the pellets got waaayyy too hot.


Unfortunately, shortly after that fiasco I ended up having to have open heart surgery to replace my aortic valve so I've not yet tried smoking anything else. I just used the last pieces of the smoked salmon that I had done using the Alder pellets and want to smoke some more to take with us in the motorhome this summer.


Does anyone have a magic formula on the best amount of pellets to use in my Brinkmann?




Dee in FL

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Hello Dee and welcome1.gifto SMF.


Try going here http://www.amazenproducts.com/ and getting one of these units.

You can set it on a shelf and it puts out the right amount of smoke 


Please do us a favor and update your profile with your location 


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Welcome to SMF it's nice to have you. Lots to learn here and great people as well.
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Welcome to SMF...............Smoke'nest people you want to know


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Hello Dee and welcome to SMF!

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Thanks so much for the warm welcome from everybody.


Okay....I went to the web site that you mentioned <http://www.amazenproducts.com/> and then realized that my son had fabricated a cold smoking frame similar to this one. Since he lives in the Pac NW, he can cold smoke cheese almost year 'round. While we were there last summer, he made me one for me too. Of course here in central FL, about the only time I can hope to able to successfully "cold smoke" anything is if I get up in the middle of the night during the winter to start the process. Otherwise, my smoker is consistently sitting in an area that seldom gets below 85-105 degrees. ;-{


Anyhow....to be able to use this cold smoking frame to hold pellets to smoke at a regular heat level in my Brinkmann, I gather that I would sit the cold smoking frame on top of the rack that would sit directly above the heating element. I can see how that could work fine....at long as I'm only wanting to use one of the two racks that come with the unit. Am I correct in thinking that I'd have to come up with another method if I want to be able to use both racks to smoke on? For those not familiar with the interior configuration of a Brinkmann Electric Smoker, here's a picture where you're using both racks to smoke meat on, but it is possible to sit one of the racks slightly above the heating element.


Brinkmann interior.jpg


Dee in FL

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I'm not much help on your smoker, but I have used pellets before with mixed results. I now have the Amazing pellet smoker and I will try it out soon as I get the time. From what I understand and have observed the Amazing pellet smoker will fix you up. 


welcome1.gif to SMF . You have come to the right place for smoking info. This site is loaded with great info just use the search bar at top of page to find what you are looking for. If you can't locate the answer just ask folks here are willing to share there knowledge. 

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Welcome Dee...........439.gif....Call Todd and order his A-MAZE-N smoker....It is a great way to get your somke going....Here is the link...http://www.amazenproducts.com/


One of the other members posted the link but I thought I would put it up again in case you missed it..........roflmao.gifFridays make me happy, because I'm going to smoke a loin this weekend....



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