Not enough smoke from MES 30" upright. Maybe the insulation is too good?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by woozle, May 4, 2013.

  1. woozle

    woozle Newbie

    I recently purchased a Masterbilt electric smoker and while it gets hot enough, something I can't say about my flower pot smoker, it doesn't seem to produce much smoke.  There are fresh wood chips in the chip pan and the smoker is at 234 degrees F, but smoke is minimal.

    What I think is happening is the smoker gets up to temperature and, being pretty well insulated, the heating element then shuts down.  Thus, no smoke.  I've considering whether to drill some holes in the top and possibly bottom to increase airflow, but I thought I would check in with the forum first.    I cannot be the only person to have this issue.
  2. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Are you soaking your chips? Try using only dry chips. And make sure the top vent is wide open.

    I have a soup can with both ends cut out over my vent, to create more draw. Works fine.
    Last edited: May 4, 2013
  3. woozle

    woozle Newbie

    The chips in there right now are straight out of the bag, bone dry.  Now, there some charcoaled chips in there that I took out and they instantly started to smoke, which makes me think there is an air flow issue.  This model only has one small back vent and no lower vents, so what smoke there is mostly comes out around the door seal. I just opened the door the barest crack, we will see if that helps.
  4. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Ah, I see. I have the old, black door model. And from what I hear about the newer ones, I'm glad I do.
  5. geerock

    geerock Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Depending on the model there were chip tray issues with some masterbuilt 30's and 40's. But the new generation has not had smoke issues. Are you sure you have the tray slid in correctly. The bottom should be right above the element.
  6. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Get yourself a pellet smoker from Todd. That's what I use in mine.
  7. mr t 59874

    mr t 59874 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Before deciding on a auxiliary smoke generator, determine what you will be smoking.  The AMNPS  generators will produce a little amount of smoke for long periods of time.  If you want more smoke in a short amount of time consider a Smoke Daddy.  In time you may want both.

  8. grasshopper

    grasshopper Fire Starter

    I am smoking a pork loin today. There is very little wind, so I leave the chip loader door open about 1 1/2 inches. 2ND gen. Hope this helps.

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