help for rookie lol

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by 212racing, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. started firebox with just wood chips but not generating any heat. do i need wood chunks or charcoal also in firebox?
  2. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  3. your help is greatly appreciated

  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Welcome to SMF! Glad to have you with us!

    Would you do us a favor & update your profile info to include your location, then head on over to roll call & introduce yourself so we can all give you a SMF welcome. I would also recommend signing up for the free e course, it will give you all the basics of smoking.
  5. i use hardwood charcoal and light it with a torch it seems to do the trick.after my coal is going good i add my wood and start smoking.hope this helps
  6. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    Welcome to SMF its nice to have ya.. There is lots to learn  and great people to learn from.. Have fun and Happy smoking..
  7. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Tell us about your smoker?

    Many are not designed to be "stick burners".  Those work better with natural wood charcoal (lump) and smaller chunks of wood?

    With more info, we can help you more?

    Good luck and good smoking.
  8. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    First off welcome to SMF. You'll really like this place for there are a bunch of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking meat. Then if you have any questions you just post them here or yu can try in chat for a faster answer. If you are really new to all of this I would recommend that you look up and take the e-course. It is free and it will also give you the basics on smoking. So with all that said now go and get something to smoke.

    Welcome To Your New Addiction
  9. it is a char-broil gourmet
  10. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    OK.  This is a "standard" horizontal offset smoker.

    Not meant to be a stick burner.

    You will be better off with natural wood charcoal (lump) in this unit.  Fist size or smaller chunks of wood added.

    Even better for thin blue smoke as compared to the bitter white smoke you are getting, check out the AMNPS here:

    Stick with us!  Lots of helpful people here!  Ask questions?

    Good luck and good smoking.
  11. dewetha

    dewetha Smoking Fanatic

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