I am new to smokers and new to smokingmeatforums. I was hoping someone here could shed some light on an issue I am having with my newly purchased smoker. Today I bought a Masterbuilt 30'' Electric smoker from my local Bass Pro shops. I have wanted a smoker for some time, and I decided to get this electric model for the "set it and forget it" way of smoking my jerkys, sausage, and other meats. Well I get the thing all put together and do the "seasoning" recommended in the owners manual. I ran the thing for 2.25 hours at 275, then added 1/2 cup of wood (I'm using Smokehouse products brand pellets) and let it go for another 45 minutes. Finishing up dinner inside, I hear a big boom from outside on the deck. I walk out to see flames pouring from the unit and the door blown wide open. I quickly shut the door to kill the oxygen to the fire and unplugged the unit. I did some research of my own and I see that there was a recall on units similar to these, but that was 2 years ago so I assume they fixed the issue by now. I read through the manual, and the only thing I can see that I did wrong was use pellets. In the manual it says use only chips. I do not see how that would change anything, would it? The sales rep at Bass Pro claimed using pellets in this unit was best due to the size of the small wood chip tray. The only thing I noticed before I walked back inside and let it go was that it was producing a LOT of smoke inside the unit. Enough that it was hard to see. I thought that was a little much. Honestly, I am a little worried about using this thing. I was hoping that once I get used to using it and see how my meats turn out that I would be able to put meat in it, set it, and go about my day. Possibly running errands and leaving it unattended. I feel like this thing would end up burning down my deck, and take my house with it. Does anyone have any experince with something like this? Or know what went wrong or what I did wrong to make this happen, and how I can avoid it in the future. Considering taking it back to the store and going back to the oven and dehydrator now, lol.
Here is the link for the product I purchased: http://www.basspro.com/Masterbuilt-Sportsman-Elite-30-Bluetooth-Smart-Digital-Electric-Smoker-Combo/product/1505111211/
I hope someone can shed some light on this!