Hi, question about my new smoker. A little about me first..... I have smoked meat in water smokers for a few years now. I understand what is too much smoke, and why "Thin blue" smoke is what to strive for.
That said. I've used my new smoker twice. Each time the meat was perfectly cooked, but the smoke flavor was very weak. The first cook I filled the chip box about 3/4 full and ran the unit at 235* I got heavy smoke for about 45 minutes past the pre-heat stage, then I saw nothing and smelled very little. Even though the instructions say not to, I put some more chips in the box after a while.
Today I filled the box about half full of Hickory chips and cooked at 205* I never saw any smoke at all. But I could smell the Hickory. Even so, the smoke flavor was very weak.
In both cases at the end the chips were black. But no ashes. I figured I'd find ashes in the box (?)
Any ideas to get better results? I love how easy to use this thing is. But I need more flavor!