Originally Posted by andy32pinkerton
Hey everyone, noobie to the forum here and to smoking in general. I seasoned my Smoke Vault last night and came across a couple questions:
- Should I do anything about the burned wood chips when they are "used up" (aka burned up), or just leave them there and perhaps add some more on top? Im assuming I do clean the chip pan out between uses though?
- I am going to use wood chunks with some chips around the sides for my first smoke on Super Bowl Sunday!!, and I think i'll soak my chips as well since they seemed to burn up quickly during the seasoning.
- ive read elsewhere that I might want to bend in the tabs on the bottom dampers to limit the amount of o2 that reaches the flame, has anyone had experience with this helping?
Thanks in advance!
I'm new here, too, and new to smoking beyond a chip box in my gas grill, but have a new Smoke Vault 24 and I'll share with you some things I have noticed.
I haven't had to add wood during smoking, always had enough to start with, but if I was smoking I would just add if needed and not try to empty the pan. I would empty it after it cools, though.
I started with wood chips around the chunks, too, but have learned from past smoking on my grill, all the soaking does is prolong the inevitable and creates some steam along the way so I don't soak anymore. This weekend I am going to smoke with only chunks because I found the chips to give me too much smoke, too quickly. I'm learning patience and the patience is paying off. If I were to use chips, I would probably use only a few (4-6) around the chunk to get the chunk to start smoking a bit sooner
I didn't do the bend on the bottom dampers but may after some more experimenting. It was a very cold windy day on my last smoke and I was having a hard time keeping the temp so I put some crumpled foil in the damper holes to limit the air, it helped tremendously to control the temp, stayed with a couple degrees of my target for hours.
One other thing, I ordered one of these (http://www.bayouclassicdepot.com/nv108p_propane_burner_part.htm) to help control my temp, haven't got it yet but believe this is going to help tremendously.
Keep us posted, let us know how things go and I'll share whatever else I learn this weekend. Planning on a couple rib slabs, two fatties, some ABTs and Dutch's wicked baked beans.