I just bought this and have used it 3 times. It has very little to no smoke, am I doing something wrong? It has no dampeners or any way to control air flow. All it has is a small air inlet tube on the back panel at the top, it can be seen on in the pic withthe open door, its the black rectangle. How do I get this thing to smoke?
Char broil electric not smoking, HELP!
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I also use an amnps with pellets so I don't have to deal with chips.
Hopefully someone else will come along and can be more help to you. Best of luck.
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After opening for the first time I had the same thought, how is it suppose to smoke with no air?? I feel like I NEED to do some modifactions. The box that the chips sit in is set just above the heat coil, it almost seems like there isnt enough heat to burn the chips.
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I have the same one. Put the chip tray under the rack it sits in. Directly on the element. I use dry chips. I also have the 6" Amazen tube handy for cold smoking cheese. Only adapting I did was installing a 3/4 pipe at the top with a removable cap and adding a window latch to the door. That little tube is a joke.
These little electrics are infamous for not smoking well. They have to run full on (hot) to get the wood smoking, then it consumes all the wood / chips, constant reloading. If you are not up to making mods, then I suggest trying different wood / chips/chunks/pellets until you find something that works for you. If you want to mod it then I suggest a mailbox mod, just search forums, there are many threads. I have a similar electric, day one I modded it and it works very well.
Here is my mod thread >> http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/158043/one-more-mailbox-mod-works-great
An easy way to see if air flow is the problem: put 1/4 cup of dry chips in the chip tray, leave water pan empty and turn the smoker on as you usually would. But this time leave the door cracked open. If the smoke starts rolling after a few minutes, then you know lack of air is the issue.
Also, are you using anything like a foil tent to protect the chip tray from dripping liquids?
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I have the MES 30 which looks real similar to what yours looks like. I never had issues with not getting it to smoke. Is there a drain hole at the bottom of your smoker? Hate for you to start drilling holes into it if you don't have to. What does the temp gauge read, when you have been trying to smoke?
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I know with my MES there wasn't a whole lot of fine tuning. Everything I smoked was in the 225 degree range, sometimes that was with the rheostat set at half-way to all the way max out. You should be getting smoke even at 165 degrees. What are you using for chips? Are you presoaking them?