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Michael from Chicago!

Joined Oct 10, 2013
Hello, Smokers!

This is Michael, writing from Chicago. I've been smoking meats for many years, and I've run into an issue since I changed smokers. I had a Brinkman duel level charcoal smoker for almost ten years, and now I received a Masterbuilt electric smoker (three levels, no window) as a gift. While I love the temperature control on the electric, and the moisture of the meat, I am really missing that smoky taste. I've tried wood chips, and recently the pellets (though it looks more like dust or shavings to me), but I'm still lacking the real smoke flavor.

This seems to be a common problem in my investigation on the Web. Does anyone else have this issue, and has anyone found a solution?

I'm considering getting myself another charcoal smoker, but I feel there has to be a way to make the electric work to my liking. Any tips or information you may have would be helpful.


AMNPS Test Group
Joined Sep 8, 2011
:welcome1: to SMF!!! We're happy you found us! You've come to the right place, we have over 50,000 members who just love to share their experience and over 1,000,000 posts describing it! Yea that’s right over 1,000,000!

The search bar at the top can be your best friend when you are trying to find answers to your questions but don’t hesitate to start threads and ask also!

We have an ”Articles” section that is full of great information about smoking to include a lot of recipes and instructionals. Check it out there is a lot to learn in there!

A very popular way to add smoke in the MES is by using an AMNPS, it is a smoke generator that burns wood pellets for up to 10 hours of perfect smoke. There are a lot of people on here that use the MES and AMNPS combination and love it. There are probably hundreds of threads on here about it.
Here is a link to a forum sponsor who designed and sells the AMNPS and many different flavors of pellets:

Oh and he has the best customer service you will find anywhere in the world!


Legendary Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Joined Jun 13, 2012
to SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! 

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Meat Mopper
Joined May 30, 2009
Welcome aboard!  I live in the Southwest Suburbs, where abouts are you from?



Master of the Pit
Joined Mar 12, 2013
welcome aboard! ya came to the right place fer' sure!! have fun and good luck! :)
Joined Oct 10, 2013
I live in Andersonville now, but grew up in Glenview. I'm going to order the A-MAZE-N-PELLET-SMOKER package in hopes to upping my smokiness.

I've gotten into making my own bacon in the last year or so, but I'll smoke any meat I can

gary s

Gone but not forgotten. RIP
OTBS Member
Joined Jan 6, 2011
Hello and welcome from East Texas. This is a great site, lots of information and great people that are willing to throw in their two cents worth on about anything.   
[/h1][h1]  [/h1][h1]Gary[/h1]


Smoking Fanatic
★ Lifetime Premier ★
Joined Oct 27, 2007
Welcome. I went from and ECB electric to an UDS and have never looked back. One issue I had was inconsistent smoke on the ECB another was power to maintain temps in a cold climate (even with a wind break - lived in Detroit metro then not a big deal here in Tulsa)

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