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I just got this smoker for Christmas and can't wait to use it:

http://www.masterbuilt.com/index.php/products/smokers/30-inch-vertical-gas-smoker-2-door.html

I have one question, in the manual it says "not to use wood chunks", anyone offer and explaination why? I also received a 25 lb bags of hickory chunks 2"-4" pieces. I would hate not being able to use them.
post #2 of 11

I have a Masterbuilt propane smoker and use chunks all the time. I never use chips, only chunks or pellets.

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I too got this Smoker from Santa. I opened her up a couple weeks ago and have had great success-especially as a rookie. I'm on my 7 smoke and for most part, all smokes have been awesome. Last night my turkey stalled out after 7 hours. I couldnt get it past 159 degrees but thats the only issue I've had so far

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Originally Posted by boisblancboy View Post

I just got this smoker for Christmas and can't wait to use it:

http://www.masterbuilt.com/index.php/products/smokers/30-inch-vertical-gas-smoker-2-door.html

I have one question, in the manual it says "not to use wood chunks", anyone offer and explaination why? I also received a 25 lb bags of hickory chunks 2"-4" pieces. I would hate not being able to use them.


If you can't use wood chunks, what did it suggest you use?

post #5 of 11
I have the 40" version. It says the same, but I use chunks just fine.

Jaybird, mine did the same last night!
For hours stayed @160! Bumped it to 350 for about 1 hour.
post #6 of 11
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It just said to use wood chips.
post #7 of 11
Are you guys using chunks in the pan that comes with it or are you using a cast iron skillet?
post #8 of 11

I use a cast iron skillet in mine, but honestly have only smoked chips and pellets.  Never done chunks.

post #9 of 11
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What's the purpose of using a cast iron skillet?
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What's the purpose of using a cast iron skillet?


Hi Boisblancboy,

 

I picked up the 2 door Masterbuilt smoker last summer.   I'm pretty new to it still but this site has answered all my questions so far.  I figure you've probably found a lot of threads about how to use a skillet in these forums already, but if not, just do a few searches.  That said, the cast iron skillet keeps the chips or chunks from flaring up.  I use a 6 inch cast iron skillet in my smoker and I even cover it with some tin foil with a hole or three poked in the foil.  I put the skillet right on the chip pan with no additional modifications (to the pan itself).   I found it best to only use 1 chunk at a time.  This helps to keep the smoke thin and blue.

 

Good luck!

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Originally Posted by pier2pier View Post
 


Hi Boisblancboy,

 

I picked up the 2 door Masterbuilt smoker last summer.   I'm pretty new to it still but this site has answered all my questions so far.  I figure you've probably found a lot of threads about how to use a skillet in these forums already, but if not, just do a few searches.  That said, the cast iron skillet keeps the chips or chunks from flaring up.  I use a 6 inch cast iron skillet in my smoker and I even cover it with some tin foil with a hole or three poked in the foil.  I put the skillet right on the chip pan with no additional modifications (to the pan itself).   I found it best to only use 1 chunk at a time.  This helps to keep the smoke thin and blue.

 

Good luck!


A bit of clarification,  I use 1 chunk at a time if its big... I'll use a few small chunks at a time.  Nice thing about the 2 door you can open that bottom door without losing a lot of the heat / smoke.

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