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Can you use both?

tsapp

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Can you or should you, use both wood chips as you normally would in the tray and use pellets in a tube at the same time?
 
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Not recommended to use chips in a tube.

Welcome to the forum.

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Yup that you can do but you will have a lot of smoke that way. I would use one or the other.
My mistake didn't read your post correct.

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This is my first time using an electric smoker. I have been using a stick burner with great results but i have not been able to find wood for it here locally. I was told the electric doesn't produce as much smoke and that I should try adding a tube, but wanted to get other peoples opinions on this. I can see where this electric could be handy for the colder winter months here in Nebraska
 

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what kind of smoker, i don't think you need to do both like the others said it may be to much smoke, i have a mes30 and i just use the amnps tray with mailbox mod no need to use chips and the tube will put off more smoke then the tray so i would just try the tube by itself once and then if you want more smoke next time try both.
 

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I do it all the time . I even mix wood chips in with the pellets in the tube . Tube goes into a mailbox mod .
 

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The electric with the original chip tube will do you fine actually but you may need to keep it at a higher temp to keep the chips burning. And you will need to add about every 45mins.
A 6" pellet tube will burn without interruption for a little over 2 hrs, a tray full would be 8 -10 hrs
 

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Using chips in the tray and doubling up with pellets in the tube is about the only way I smoke in my MES. You will have no issues.
 

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Thank you everyone, I have a brisket that is a little over 15 lbs to smoke Saturday for my neighbor. I am going to have to put a rack at an angle to make it fit. I may try the U Bolt mod on the 12" tube I have and maybe grind the pellets in the blender a little. From what I have read here that seems to make the tubes last even longer. I used to have a GMG Daniel Boone that I had good results with and I used a tube inside of it for a little extra smoke also. Unfortunately my ex ended up with it and I believe her meth head kid stripped the wires out of it. I just picked up the MES 30 yesterday and found out the element was bad. The new element will be here tomorrow. And I will give it a test run bright and early on Saturday. I will post pics of the results!
 

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Yes pack the pellets in tight so it cant catch fire , burns faster than just pellets but more flavor imo
 

Bud J

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I wouldn’t recommend doing that for your first time. Wait till you gain more experience with the electric.
I know I was disappointed the first couple times with smokin chips until I learned the quirks of the smoker. I also have the pellet tray and although it produces more consistent and longer smoke, it doesn’t seem to produce the (stronger) smoke flavor that I like.
The chips (in my opinion) gives a better smoke flavor, but only lasts about 45’ and has trouble burning at 225*.
Personally I think using both would be “over the top” but you would have to experiment. But again, wouldn’t recommend for your first couple of times.
 

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I use the tube with pellets in my MES 40, plus I use the cold smoke attachment from MB with chips. The cold smoke attachment needs refill every hour, but I only use it every other hour or so. I only use both when I want 2 different flavored woods at the same time. Like sometimes on ribs I use hickory chips in the cold smoke attachment, and cheery or apple pellets in the tube. Or vice versa. Mostly I just use the tube. The 12' tube with the u bolt mod lasts 5-6 hours. The tray didn't work in my smoker. Once the cold smoke attachment breaks, I'll switch to the mailbox mod.
 

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Thanks for the likes tsapp they are appreciated.

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