I just got my Model #1 today and started the break-in period as described. Foiiled the top of the chip/wood holder, and the floor of the smoker. Set it at 250 (the max it will go and now I'm watching it. It started producing TBS at about 125 which surprised me and was at 160 in about 20 minutes and the magic 225 in 30 minutes. The temp kept rising and I let it so I could see what it would top out at. At around 310/315 there was an unburned gas explosion inside the unit that made me jump out of my chair (even though it was all contained inside the unit) and the temp flashed to 390.Ok.......that was exciting, then it began to drop again so I left it on the 250 setting. It fell all the way to 268 (mind, I'm using the Maverick ET 733 to check this) then started up again. I decided to see how far it would climb and it went to 316. Wow I thought. Am I going to have another gas combustion? So I decided that maybe I should back off the set temp to see if that would cause a drop, and it did. It's back down to 284 and dropping with a set temp of 225. That's the up to the minute account for now.This is my 1st time using an electric smoker, and I'm sure glad I'm not cooking anything. lol The temp is still going down and I do think I'll try another foodless burn using my AMZNPS tube instead of the 3 approx. 2 oz chunks of Hickory I used this time.
On the plus side this smoker is all stainless and really well made. There is just a slight wisp of smoke coming from the upper corner of the opening side of the door, and of course the smoke hole in the top. I'm now 1.5 hours into this burn and the temp is at 262 and going down. Still producing smoke.I'll post here again when I get stabilized.