I am a newbie to smoking and I am having a somewhat rough start. I purchased a cheapo cajun injector digital smoker on black friday. My first smoke was successful. I smoked a beef rump roast and it came out great. Today I went for a meatloaf along with a beef chuck roast. I immediately made a poor decision and waited until the smoker was up to temperature before adding my chips. Needless to say, I got a ton of nasty almost brown smoke. I unplugged the smoker and let it cool down. I figured they were burning too quick so I soaked them in water and gave it a try from a cold start. Still got the same nasty campfire smelling smoke After about 30 or 45 minutes I will start to get that signature smell and blue line of smoke. This was after using the same dry hickory chips I had used the day before. My only guess is that I need more airflow during the first few minutes I add chips.
Also, I would like to know how often I should be adding more chips. Right now I am adding them whenever I feel the need. Usually a half handful at a time or so. I usually get the same thing. A nasty brown smoke right from the get go and it gets better as they burn off. I apprecciate any help and/or advice. Let me know if you need more details. Thanks guys