Originally Posted by Coreyc
I have wanted to get into smoking for a while and a Brinkmann 810-7080-4 Gourmet Electric Smoker and Grill Red came up on my local classifieds for $30, I couldn't pass it up. I know it is not the favorite smoker of people on this forum, but it is what I have for right now.
So now I am headed down the path to get my smoke on. What I am looking for are some tips, tricks, advice etc to get started. I am planing on smoking a butt soon.
I read that the Brinkmann can run hot so I purchased a controller to allow me to turn down the heat.
What else do I need? What should I do next?
What kind of controller are you using to turn down the heat? If it's a PID, then you're golden (and then some...that'd be a pretty great little smoker with a PID controller on it, but...at 1.5x the cost of the smoker itself?), but if you're using something else, please make sure it's designed to handle the wattage.
Overall, it'll be a solid smoker for you. It'll take quite a while to come up to temp when you have a lot of cold meat in there, but all said and done, it'll get there, eventually, and churn out quality meat. You'll have to babysit the chip pan, or find a way to use something like the AMNPS, but I'm sure it'll do well by you.
Best of luck with your new smoker!