A few Newbie questions

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by razor1138, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. razor1138

    razor1138 Newbie

    Hello all!

    i have a few questions...

    I was given an electric smoker, a medium sized can shaped one. I put it together and read the instructions but they are very vague 

    on how the wood chips are used. there is the electric element in the bottom surrounded by lava rocks, and a water pan. Where do i put the chips? in an aluminum pie pan directly on the element, under the water pan? 

    please enlighten the NewBie on how to get the smoker smokin' !
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Welcome to SMF!

    Can you post a photo of your smoker?

    It would be easier to help you if we knew what you had.
  3. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Is it red and looks like R2D2 ? 
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2011
  4. razor1138

    razor1138 Newbie

    yes it sure does look like  R2-D2!

    I figure it goes from bottom to top:

    element/lava rocks

    chip/wood pan or pouches

    water pan 

    two grills 


    any tips?

    ill keep reading forum threads as well

    thanks for the responses all

  5. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Keep your electrical cord as short as possible and a decent gauge. Double check the temperature gauge in the smoker, they are known to be off quite a bit. These smokers are somewhat limited by ambient temps, so avoid rain and wind if at all possible. If you find you cannot get in the 225 to 250º smoking zone, see about changing the water out of the pan to Playbox Sand instead.
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2011
  6. razor1138

    razor1138 Newbie



    a nice gift from the neighbors who are moving ... said it came from his inlaws
  7. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    WELCOME !!!!!!!

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