First off I want to say hello. I am a new member here and love to use my Masterbuilt Electric Smoker. I just picked up smoking within the last year. I have question about using pecan, but not pecan chips. The electric smoker I have uses wood chips. I have 3 pecan trees in my back yard and I am always picking up branches. I thought one day I can break these branches up and use them like the wood chips. Well, I started a nice little fire in the electric smoker. The fire wasn't big enough to harm anything, but it did elevate my cooking temp. My question is: Is there a way to use these pecan branches as wood chips with out starting a fire in the electric smoker?