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novice asking a couple questions

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by et1ssgmiller, Aug 19, 2006.

  1. et1ssgmiller

    et1ssgmiller Newbie

    Hi, I have been smoking with charcoal for about 10 years now, and I've decided to make the switch to electric. The local Tractor Supply had the Mustang Electric Smoker on sale for $118 so I decided to take the plunge. Here are some questions, obviously made in China, so the instructions are in broken English and not very good. I'm assuming no need for any lava rocks around the bottom of the smoker. Also, when I have the unit loaded up, right now there is a 2 lb. meatloaf smoking, the temp drops from the 250 starting point, now to a max of around 200 as registered on the thermometer. The thermometer is above the meatloaf, which is on a cookie sheet, and it takes up most of the room on one of the lower racks. Should the smoker be able to achieve a higher temp, ( I'm using the short extension cords and my generator to power the smoker ), or is the majority of the heat in the bottom of the smoker, and I'm simply seeing a lower temp because the meatloaf is soaking up most of the heat? Any other hints than anyone can give me on electric smoking would be appreciated!! Thanks in advance....et1ssgmiller
  2. cajunsmoker

    cajunsmoker Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    What type of thermometer are you using. If it is the one that comes made on the smoker, it probably is not very accurate. If you have any type of probe thermostat, drop it through your exhaust vent and check the temp that way. Also if the cookie sheet is blocking the air flow where the thermometer is located it could be pretty much a dead zone there.

    I don't use electric smokers, so other than that I don't know how much help I can be.
  3. et1ssgmiller

    et1ssgmiller Newbie

    thanks for the advice, the thermometer is right over the meat loaf pan, so yea, it probably is in a dead zone, maybe I'd better check through the vent like you recommend.............and the thermometer is a step up from the one that came with the unit, that one only went to 220, the one I bought today goes to 550.
  4. cheech

    cheech Master of the Pit OTBS Member


    Have you had a chance to try out the new position of the probe?

    Did that solve the problem? If not can I help any?
  5. et1ssgmiller

    et1ssgmiller Newbie

    Moving the probe did the trick, I was at 215. I think the next step is to purchase one of those digital remote probes. I've since smoked some beef jerky which turned out great! Thanks for the advice