I actually haven't even got mine yet, but was wondering what the possibilities are for adding more smoke? I have an amaze-n-tube smoker, but I've heard of people putting wood chunks on the heat deflector as well. Any other creative ways you guys have come up with to add more smoke?
Rec Tec Mini - who has one and how to get more smoke?
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I don't have a Pellet Pooper YET, but from my research the AMNTS is a popular choice. I saw the Smoke Daddy unit and heavy deflector plate mod that they claim can take Chunks to make more smoke. I see it is adjustable so the Chunks can be moved on or off the flame as needed. I would fear just putting Chunks on any type of deflector would lead to Flare-Ups, uneven temps and Grease Fires. Trust in the Tube and experiment with Chunks cautiously...JJ
I personally wouldn't mess with the drip pan. It will mess with your temps and possibly lead to flare ups. I bought my dad a mini (I have the 680), and I think that it puts out a good amount of smoke at temps around 225. If you want more, add the tube. With the tube, you will get more smoke than you would ever need. I know a few guys that put some thin sliced chunks on top of their heat deflector (between the deflector and the drip pan) for added smoke, but this obviously won't last for more than an hour or two.
Got my Rec Tec mini - did the initial burn in at 400 degrees with my maverick probe right in the middle of the grate about 1 inch over it, and it read 360 the whole time. Big difference in readings between the grill and maverick.
I set the grill to 225, keeping the Maverick in the same spot, and it read 216. A lot better, but not perfect like I've seen others with Rec Tec's.
First - make sure you validate your maverick probe.
If that is ok, pull the temp probe out just a hair from the edge of the grill (don't break it - just flex it - moving it 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch can make a difference).
If that doesn't work - call Rec Tec. They may be able to walk you through a minor controller adjustment.