Noob MES question about adding chips

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by jmebonner, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. How often do you usually have to add chips? [​IMG] I've got a ton of chips, I may try chunks when they run out since I've read the chunks last longer.

    I've used Jeff's rub and left a butt in the fridge overnight, just threw it in the smoker (first smoke!). I'm getting qview for later, too.

    I'm thinking about taking a nap, do I have time between loadings? [​IMG]
  2. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I start out with a handful and then add as needed usually another handfull or two per hour. The first hour and a half it always seems like every 30 minutes then it is usually once an hour when you get a good bed of smoldering chips.
  3. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Pretty much what ECTO1 said.

    Start with a few chips like about 8-12, you will need to add more in 20 min or so. Do it again, once you get a bed of ash and smoldering chips you can had more. You will need to add chips about every 30 min or so. Chunks are better they do last longer.
  4. mythmaster

    mythmaster Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Those tips say to leave the vent open, but the manual says to leave it closed in order to retain moisture and heat and to leave it open for fish and jerky.

    Any thoughts on this?
  5. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Always leave it open, always.
  6. mythmaster

    mythmaster Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Will do. Thanks, ron!
  7. Thanks everyone, I got my nap in. She's reached 140, so that's good. Smoke is just right, thin and blue! I'm gonna go read about smoking some onions and potatoes and make a meal out of this tonight.
  8. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ditto to what the Smart Guys above said

  9. mr mark

    mr mark Newbie

    Do you need to soak the chips
  10. chestnutbloom

    chestnutbloom Smoking Fanatic

    I never soak mine and I leave the loader in place even for jerky. [​IMG]
  11. chestnutbloom

    chestnutbloom Smoking Fanatic

    Oops but yes always leave the vent on top open! [​IMG]
  12. putcz

    putcz Fire Starter

    Yes leave the vent open all the time. Go buy yourself the cold smoke attachment that MES makes for fifty bucks that will keep your smoke going for up to six hours depending on the type of chip and that is all you will ever use for hot or cold smoking
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  14. dwalker11

    dwalker11 Newbie

    About every hour to hour and a half. You have time for a short nap! Good luck!

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  16. mfreel

    mfreel Smoking Fanatic

    There are a lot of fans of Todd's AMAZN smoker on here.  I'm one of them.  It will keep you from having to fill your chip tray every 20-30 minutes.  I have an MES, too, and I don't use chips anymore.
  17. bryant

    bryant Newbie

    I have a 40" MES what kind of chips/pellet/saw dust work the best for smoke I'm generally smoking around the 220-240 temps  and approx how much should I put in every time I load it.  I'm finding  that it doesn't burn the wood to a dust or should it?  All I  get is small black burnt wood chips or is that what it should look like.  I fill my chip feeder straight across even so it's about a big hand full of chips.  I have changed from the small chips to the smaller shavings of wood hoping that it would smoke better.  I do not soak my wood.  HELP Thanks
  18. I have a MES 40 as well and a majority of the chips I put in turn to ash. Occasionally I find a few chips that have just sat there and smoldered never turning to dust. Its normal is some chips don't turn to ash as long as you noticed that you have a smooth white flow of smoke then you should be fine.

    Maybe you should try to soak them, I always put my chips in a bowl of water the night prior. I feel like it gives it a more even, longer lasting smoke.

    I usually add  5 or 6 chips every 30-45 minutes, and adjust depending on the conditions. Hope this helps!
  19. smoker21

    smoker21 Meat Mopper

    It all depends on what I'm smokin'.

    I do chips every 40 minutes or small chunks every hour. Give or take an ish.

    With Todd's Amazn pellet smoker, it's a set it and forget it.
  20. My smoker has 4  -   4"vents.

    Two upper and two lower.

    The lower ones I think are used to control the lower draft and heat.

    The uppers are used to dump the smoke.

    So are you saying that all four should be open all the way?

    Or should the two upper be opened all the way and the two lower adjusted for temp and draft control?

    Would I need the both uppers opened.  The masterbuilt MES30 looks to only have one 3" vent on top.

    Do electrics need the two lower vents?

    I am getting confused about this.

    I have only used one upper vent and let it open.

    My smokes have turned out well.

    Every one likes them.

    If I changed, would they be that much better?

    Thanks for the help (I think)


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