Originally Posted by Smoking in Ft. Collins
I have a new Masterbuilt Electric and am using it for the second time. I reported that it did not generate much/any smoke the first time I used it and was told NOT to soak the hickory chips.
Today I have it fired up and it is sitting at 220* with DRY chips and there is no smoke coming out.
The chips are in the pan provide by the MFG and the pan sits in a grate but does NOT touch the heating element. In fact the pan is about half an inch above the element.
I am ready to fire up my charcoal smoker.
1/2" is probably too far from element.
The first one I got had an extra piece of metal between the element & the chip drawer.
It wouldn't smoke until about 220*, and then only when the element was on.
At that time they had a Retro-fix, and they sent one to me.
This one didn't have the extra piece of metal, and the element was too close to the chip drawer, causing the chips to flame up.
I probably could have bent things around to get it to work better, but it would never work like an Amazing Smoker.
SOoooo I filled my AMNPS with pellets, lit it, and put it in, giving me perfect smoke for up to 12 hours without touching it.
I never looked back, and we smoked Happily Ever After.