Originally Posted by jeriks
Erik from Auburn CA
Looking for advice on all things smoking related.
I just bought a smoker (Charbroil Vertical Electric Smoker 505) and I have no idea what I'm doing. Apparently the good folks at Charbroil assume you know how to use a smoker when you buy one because there are no instructions on what to do. Searching for advice and tips I stumbled across this site. I need the basics on how to use an electric smoker. Any recommendations on resources or how-to sites would be great.
Any place you look remember what you have is an analog and not a digital electric smoker. It has different rules to play by.
Did you call Charbroil's 800 number? (866) 239-6777 , as its an analog I would think they would have to have some type instructions.
Its very simple to use, but not many still floating around. Here is an old analog book I have saved to my computer, its should get you started at least. If you still have specific questions just PM me. I'll try and help, I have warn out three electric analogs.
Just remember to set on high the first 30 to 45 mins. to start the chips. then back to your cooking temperature. No water in the pan. and keep it closed because not only will you lose your smoke but you'll also lose your heat and they are a very slow recovery.
I have a couple of old Redi-Smok analog manuals around here somewhere. I'll see what I can find.
My analogs cooked the best chickens.