I changed aluminum foil and thoroughly leaned out inside of Trager unit because last time I cooked chicken thighs the unit burst into flames and burnt chicken to crisp. Thought it might be too much grease on aluminum foil.
So I smoked 16 chicken thighs again today. The 3 hour smoking part went great. Then set heat to 300 for 30 minutes. After 25 minutes I saw smoke billowing out of unit, opened it up and again it burst into flames -- and again all of my chicken has turned to charcoal.
It was definitely a grease fire that became intense when lid open and exposed to oxygen.
Why would the grease build up -- shouldn't it melt and go into the pot?
I recommended Trager to my neighbor and they recently bought unit at Costco. . Same thing happened to them on Thanksgiving with a turkey. It went up in flames and was uneditable.
Is there a design defect or are we doing something wrong?
The first time I put foil in the pan I forgot to punch a hole for the drippings to run down and out, also do you have the pan at an angle. Sorry for the simple questions but don't see how the drippings can not run down. I also mold tin foil around the outside of the pail, then insert it in the pail, helps with clean up.