Wood chips on element?

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Original poster
Jan 4, 2007
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!
welcome sur2baja
When you get time go to the "roll call" thread and officially introduce yourself.....this will let everyone know your here

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
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.

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.

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