hi everyone. I am a rookie here and to smoking. I purchased the MES40 last week on amazon. got it and set it up. today I smoked my first meal. was a ton of stuff. lots of ribs, a tri tip and a roast. also some mac n cheese. not bad for my first smoke session.
however I did not succeed with taste. the rub recipe I used was blah...
I did use the JD whiskey wood chips but I noticed a issue. reading a lot of reviews on amazon and other places, I notice people say you constantly have to fill the smoker with chips every 30 minutes or so. I noticed this issue when I did the first smoke session to setup the smoker with no food. I used the standard hickory smoke chips to setup the smoker yesterday, and I had to keep putting in the chips every half hour. they were turning to ash. but today, I was using the JD chips, and I was reloading the chip area every 30 minutes like I was doing with the hickory chips. well I started to notice that I wasn't really smoking at all with the chip smell like the hickory was. then I noticed about 2.5hours in of cooking and loading chips in that it was getting harder to pull the chip tray out and spin it to reload the chips. then I saw that there was actually a loaded amount of chips. after seeing this I realized that the chips weren't smoking at all. temperature was up, but the chips weren't smoking and they weren't turning to ash like the hickory chips did.
so I opened the smoker and pulled the tray out for the chips and dumped them, put another load in and 30 minutes later I still saw the chips in there but black, not ashed, but still solid. I put more chips in and still no real smoke.
so I dumped that load and threw in the hickory chips and the machine started smoking away (which is what I was expecting)
so my question is are the JD chips right for the MES40 machine and if so do I expect to refill them every 30 minutes or hour or is 1 load for a 4 hours session enough?
and if you might happen to have a MES40 or 30 inch machine and use the JD chips, do you have issues with smoke or flavoring?