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thin blue smoke in char griller

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by smokezilla, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. hello again, and again thanks for the answers for my other questions. this may be a stupid question but i have to ask, i have been doing some reading on how to get thin blue smoke from my char griller. I found a forum that says to pre heat wood chunks before adding to basket. I was just wondering if i could heat up chunks in my gas grill while using smoker, has anybody tried this, do you think it will work for tbs, i really dont use gas grill very often anymore thought i should give it a try
  2. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I don't know who told you that you had to warm up your chips. I have never warmed then unless they are talking about warming them in the smoker. Now I do that I take then out of the box and into the smoker they go and then they warm up and make smoke. Now I do use my gas grills alot for other things like grilling steaks, burgers, and hot dogs I guess.
  3. I use a stainless 1 qt pan like what you would find on a food warmer in a buffet. It works very well. See pic. I imagine a soup can with foil over the top with a couple small holes would work too. I tried wrapping the chips in foil but the foil didn't last very long. I've never heard of warming them. I do know you don't want them to burn, just smolder.

    EDIT - Nevermind, I read chips, not chucks.

    Last edited: Nov 11, 2010
  4. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I never bother to pre-heat chunks.  just lay the chunks next to or near the coals rather than directly on top.  The heat will get them smoldering without flaming up to a full burn.  Experiment with your rig to figure out the set up that works best for you.  It doesn't take much -- hence the "Thin" in TBS.  If you can smell it, you're smokin'.
  5. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Never pre-heated mine. Just mixed them in with the charcoal using the minion method and then added a couple of chunks every 2 or 3 hrs. Would get a little bit of white smoke for about a minute or so till it got going, then would settle down to TBS no problem.