First test your smoker and find out if its sensor is accurate.
1 Put the tip if your thermometer in boiling water. It should read 212° If not adjust or replace your thermometer until it does.
2 Put a small can full of sand in the smoker put the probe of the thermometer in the sand.
3 Set the smoker to 212° after about 3 hours the reading on the thermometer should stop changing when it does make a note of this reading. It is unlikely the thermometer will read 212°
If it reads 222°you will know to set the smoker 10° lower than the desired temperature.
Now let’s cook something easy get a few bratwursts.
Put water in the smokers pan,
Soak 1 handful of apple wood chips in 4 cups of water.
Put the bratwursts on the upper shelf.
Put the thermometers probe in the center of one of the bratwursts.
Turn on the now cold smoker set it to 225° + or – your differential number.
Put 1/2 of the chips in the tray.
It you should see smoke in 10 to 15 minutes.
About 30 minutes later the smoke will stop. When it does load rest of the chips.
Remove the bratwursts when the thermometer reads 170°.
Let the bratwursts rest for 10 minutes and eat