Re: Strange taste with new smoker, HELP!!!Ok, I think I'm getting it figured out with a little practice and lots of help from others here. Here are my findings: (Which have all been suggested by others.....):
......Was using too many chips. The Masterbuilt manual tells you to use WAY TOO MANY! I use more than Illini, but way less than Masterbuilt says.
......Cleaning your smoker after every use is a must!! I don't think I hardly ever cleaned my old gas smoker, but it had a much bigger drip/water pan. So all of the grease dripped into the pan, and got dumped out. The Masterbuilt has a small pan, and the problem with my clothes and meat tasting like grease, was because of burning grease from previous smokes. It was getting on the bottom of the smoker, and even on the walls. Once I gave it a good cleaning, this problem got much better.
.....Got some different wood chips, they seem dryer, and they burn up better.
I have used the smoker the past couple of days, and I just need to keep it clean and things taste great!! Once my new wireless digital thermometer gets here, it'll be great. Basically it's just load up some chips every hour or so, and that's it. I love the way you can load wood without opening the door, and the way a pan of water will last for many hours without being refilled. Really easy to use, just a little more cleanup when I'm finished. That's a tradeoff I can live with....
Thanks for all the help.