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Wood chips on element?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by sur2baja, Jan 4, 2007.

  1. sur2baja

    sur2baja Newbie

    I'm a little confused! I received a Brinkmann Electric Gourmet for Christmas and conditioned it by spraying Pam on the inside, water in the pan and placing the wood chips around the element ( with some chips falling on the element). I added more chips every half hour so I was getting heavy smoke and no flare ups. I did this for about four hours. Are wood chips on the element a no-no? I've read some posts and people are using a variety of boxes/pans/pouches either directly on or slightly elevated above the elements? What should I be doing? Thanks!
  2. illini

    illini Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    welcome sur2baja
    When you get time go to the "roll call" thread and officially introduce yourself.....this will let everyone know your here [​IMG]

    Don't know, but would think, that Brinkman includes a device for wood chips with the OEM package.....since heavy smoke is definitely a no-no you need something in there to contain the chips....have read about using aluminum pans and/or a system to support a chip box just above the heater....

    I would go to the search box and type in brinkman and look up the posts that pop up...lots of good info here...good luck cutting back on the smoke production
  3. dondford

    dondford Newbie

    I have used the Brinkman for years; I have never put the wood directly on the element and wouldn't think its a good idea, if for no other reason than the mess. I soak my wood chips overnight and then put them in a 6 inch cast iron frying pan set directly on the element. I would think any heavy steel or cast iron pan would work for this purpose.
    Good luck with your new smoker.

  4. dondford

    dondford Newbie

    Forgot to add: If I load up the pan with soaked, good size chunks I get good smoke for +4 hours and never have to add more wood.

  5. larry maddock

    larry maddock Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    hello hello,
    steel or iron seems better than aluminum pan---

    i use aluminum disposoble loaf pan--and they work great.
  6. cheech

    cheech Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I use an iron skillet, i like it because once the pan heats up it stays hot and will keep the chips/chunks soldering for a long time