When I use my elctric smoker I use very little chips ......... Thanks to Illini ...... I only use 5 or 6 chips at at a time max, about 30 minutes later I'll add another round of chips. I havent soaked any chips in quite a while. That seems to hit the smokey flavor for my taste. I cant say that it is Thin Blue Smoke, like using my char griller, but it still good food that it puts out. I wouldnt stress over the smoke, just the taste and quality of your end result. Keep us posted.