Originally Posted by Wild39
Ain't she a beaut! $5 at a garage sale...
I've been searching the web myself & haven't found much info out there.
Really most interested in anyone's experience on what amount of wood chips to use & if I should box them on the plate above the element or foil pack them on the sides at the bottom of the smoker.
As you can see there is no access door or vents(I believe the smoker vents some around the lid). I would have to go in through the top to add any chips/water & lose all my heat, so I assume I really want to get the amounts close to start so I don't have to open it until the smoke is done.
For $5 you can't beat it! Interesting how the water pan and racks go in and out. That has some similarities to my E-ECB. The smoke would vent around the lid since it doesn't have a tight seal. From what I read on the "instructions" it sounds like they recommend using large chucks of wood and you would put them "in the hickory tray." I would go with the advice you got on the other post and put 2 large handfuls of chips on top of the plate above the element since you don't have a way to add more. could make a foil boat to set them in on the plate for easier clean up once you are done.
In the past I have put chips around the heating element on the lava rocks that are in the bottom of mine. Hard to clean up the ash afterwards. I have also done foil packs around the element to help with clean up. I have soaked chips before, but now I use dry chips in a chip pan that sits just above my element on bigger lava rocks.
Without being able to add chips you might not get as much smoke flavor as you are looking for but you will definitely get some and it might be right for what you are going for. I have added chips before to keep smoke going during the whole time meat is on but other times I let the tray run out for a more subtle smoke flavor (great compliments from family either way) It will probably take a couple tries for you to determine if you are getting enough smoke for your taste.
What are you planning on smoking for your first go at it?