Picking my unit up this week at Lowes ( http://www.lowes.com/pd_673793-58355-20077915___? ) and have a few questions. Been searching/reading for over an hour, joined, and will likely be reading for days/weeks/months.
I will likely use the smoker for ribs the first time and brisket the second.
1. Water versus no water?
Seems the consensus is no water, foil cover the pan, with or without sand... isn't the water needed to keep moisture, or is this only for specific meats?
2. Wood chips versus AMNPS
Assuming I use chips, about how often will I need to replace them throughout the process? Is it even worth the hassle, or should I just get the AMNPS 5x8 and pellets before I even fire the unit up?
3. Foil wrapping meat in mid-smoke.
My previous experience has been using an older electric bullet smoker, and I never foil wrapped meats. Hated the unit, as there were lots of flare-ups, so looking forward to the Masterbuilt. That said, somewhat new to foil-wrapping meats. Is there a guide for this? Where does the liquid go? Some appear to be using a foil pan, while others appear to be using actual foil wrap.
4. Unit mods.
The "mailbox" mod appears to be for air flow. My main interest is a stand with wheels, as I will smoke on back patio, but transport to garage in front of house. Any good mods out there for stands with wheels?
I think that's it for now. Appreciate all the "how-to-guides" and "step-by-steps" out there already.
(aka: phungi - a fun guy to be with)