I got my first Smoker for Christmas and am anxious to use it, but was wondering; I got a 30" electric Masterbuilt Smoker, it has a pan for the wood chips, but seems like an awful small pan. Should I put a few lumps of charcoal, or a few Lava Rocks in the pan also? The wood chip loader in the side, holds about a cup of chips at a time, and that just doesn't seem like very much wood at a time. But again, I am new, so I am not sure. I don't have any documentation that came with the Smoker to tell me any of this, so I don't know if I should add some coals or not.
Also, since it says only use wood chips, and not chunks, should I soak the wood in water so they don't burn up too fast? Any help and advice is truly appreciated. Thanks, Ron