Charcoal in your fuel box?

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by jimf, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. jimf

    jimf Meat Mopper

    I've read one place that to get a charcoal taste, it's okay to put a piece of charcoal in the fuel box along with a chunk of wood. Is this correct? I've only seen one person say that.
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    JimF, evening.....  You still got the cookshack ????....  Nice looking smoker.....   Yes, on the charcoal briquette or lump charcoal added to the "fire box".... 

    If you want to cold smoke, light one briquette and get it going in the "fire box",  periodically add some wood chips, to smolder, on top of the briquette...  You won't need to turn on the heating element......  On the amount of chips to add, I would start out with maybe 1/4 cup and see what you get.... that should produce the TBS we look for...  Just for my sanity, don't use self lighting briquettes...

  3. jimf

    jimf Meat Mopper

    Never thought to use it as a cold smoker.  Thanks!!
  4. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've read (many times on here I think) that putting charcoal in the wood box of a watt burner will also give a smoke ring. I believe the method was to crumble a briquette or a piece of lump and put it in with the chips.
  5. I tried a briquette in the MES 40 and it kept going out...not enough air. So I crumbled one with better results and I've used small pieces of wood lump charcoal after getting them smoking hot. Definitely get a hint of charcoal flavor. Sorry I didn't pay any attention to the smoke ring in the meat.
  6. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    just a heads up ,masterbuilt does not recomend you put anything in the chip box but wood chips. i made the charcoal suggestion on their site and they stated that it would void the warrenty

  7. my warranty is already up!
  8. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Alesia, evening.....  Pull the chip drawer out a bit for more air..... maybe 3 briquettes nested.... something will work if you live long enough....   Dave

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