Meat sticks are in temp 155° used 2 packs original 1.5 packs HOT 1/4 brown sugar. Hickory chips they sure taste good on my fingers (well the spice does anyway) Can anyone tell me ABOUT how long they should take? I dont want the casings to split on me. On a side note I got a new pair of poultry scissors for .50 . i saw them new in a sausage making catalog for $39.99.. GOOD SCORE FOR ME!!