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New Guy Bisket Question

Matt Bell

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Hey everyone!
I'm new to the smoking game and currently using a Masterbuilt Portable gas smoker (gift from in-laws). I've done a few cooks (chuck roast and brisket point) but I can't seem to get a good bark. My question is if I keep having to replace my wood chips every half hour, and opening the door which loses heat and smoke, how am I to get a good product?

Thanks!
 

Preacher Man

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Ditto what he said. That totally changed my smoking game using a MES30. Depending on which amazen product you get, you'll get several hours of solid smoke without opening a door. I use the 12" tube smoker and get 4-5 hours of solid smoke. However, I'm asking for the 5x8 maze for Christmas.

Also, make sure you don't have too much moisture in your chamber. I don't fill the water pan in my MES30 because it creates a sauna, rather than a smoking chamber.
 

DGaddie

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I have a Masterbuilt and had the same problem with chips burning up too fast. I stopped using the supplied tray for chips and got a 10-inch cast iron pie pan from amazon. It was about $15. Now I use chunks and they last a long time.

I also started using a disposable tin pan for water since the provided one is so small. Just put it on the lowest rack.
 

DGaddie

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I like the pie pan idea! How long does it take to get smoke from the pan?
5-10 minutes. Usually smoking before the box gets up the temperature. Take the other one out completely so the cast iron is directly over the flame (assuming you are using propane). I use a brick on each side of the burner to hold the cast iron a couple inches above the “ring” so air can flow properly.
 

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