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Bad Wood?

sharonazamboni

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The last few times I've used my smoker, I've had an awful lot of trouble with the smoke being too much and nasty, using either chips or chunks. I noticed today that the "bad" smoke has been from the same brand of store-bought wood.  What could be the problem? Is it too dry? Or just a bad brand?  I've been trying to hook up with a local orchard for some apple and maple, but haven't gotten any yet. Is there something I'm missing about storage, humidity, etc.?
 

jirodriguez

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It sounds like you might be getting creasote build up, and once you have creasote in your smoker you have to completely scrub it out and re-season it, otherwise the nasty taste wont go away. Unfortunately I have never used the GOSM smokers, so I can't give you specific suggestions on to much or to little wood and or oxygen.
 

eman

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Try cutting back on the ammount of wood you are using .

 And if your smoker is creasoted up it will need to be cleaned.
 

sharonazamboni

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Thanks, I'll check it out. I did pull the chunks out, and they were pretty stinky as they smoked on the ground. I won't be using that wood any more.
 

erain

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tell me more about your smoke...... are you getting a buncha smoke offa the wood ans say maybe white and billowy??? i know was a problem for me when i first got started and had the off taste as well. once i got turned around to the thin blue smoke, kinda whispy, sometimes nearly unseeable is when things really started to go good for me. i had always thought your smoking so there had better be buncha smoke rolling outta the smoker but turns out its just the opposite...
 

richoso1

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tell me more about your smoke...... are you getting a buncha smoke offa the wood ans say maybe white and billowy??? i know was a problem for me when i first got started and had the off taste as well. once i got turned around to the thin blue smoke, kinda whispy, sometimes nearly unseeable is when things really started to go good for me. i had always thought your smoking so there had better be buncha smoke rolling outta the smoker but turns out its just the opposite...
I also own a GOSM big block, and Erain's reply is a very good one. You might find that as time goes by, you'll end of using less wood than when you first started. It's all good my friend.
 

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