I got the Masterforge smoker a few years ago. This one:
Love the smoker. Did a few mods with it. Primarily, the rope gasket on the door seal for heat and I keep the water pan filled with gravel. Over Thanksgiving I was smoking three butts and I had the luxury of time, so I let them ride out the plateau instead of doing the usual Texas crutch like I do when I am in a time crunch. Ended up smoking them for about 23 hours. For wood I was using hickory chunks and some pecan chips. I presoaked the pecan chips but didn't soak the hickory chunks. Basically every time I loaded up the wood box, after about an hour or so of smoke, all the wood in it caught on fire and would spike my temps over 300, sometimes 350. I need to fix this problem. I've done some cursory reading and have seen some replace the stock wood box with cast iron. I've also heard about others wrapping the chunks in foil and various other ideas. I've also heard that it has to do with the two vent dampers at the bottom being right beside the wood box and feeding the flames. What's my best course of action to keep this from happening? It didn't ruin the smoke by any means, it's just a pain in the ace to deal with, especially on long smokes when I want to pour smoke to it the whole time. Thanks for any advice anyone can offer.