This is my first thread so please don't be too harsh on me. I've been grilling and smoking for a few years, however I just got my first propane smoker and I really want to love it! My first use wasn't the best experience and I made a few mistakes. I decided to use wood chunks in the wood pan without soaking them. I used to have an electric smoker and never found a need to soak the wood. I noticed the temps starting to rise quickly and opened the door to discover the wood chunks in the pan were actually on fire!! It was so awful! I managed to control the fire and got the temps back inline. I soaked some larger wood chips and used them when I needed to add more wood, but they didn't last very long and I can't really add wood every 30 minutes or so.
I'd like to use larger chunks of wood so I don't need to add wood so often, but I'm not sure if this is the best approach. I'm planning on doing some pork butts tomorrow, which I still need to buy, and I really need to have the smoke work out as this is for our annual party.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated!!