Electric ECB Questions.

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by cheezeerider, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. I bought an electric ECB about a month ago do to price and supposed ease of use (2 young boys running around and not much time to babysit the smoker). I've used it twice now with less than desirable results. The meat seems to have a stale smoke flavor.

    Is it me, or should the lid have a vent? The lid doesn't seal well, but I would think there should be more airflow.(in and out). I haven't come across many mods on these. Am I wasting my time with it? As I said, the price is a big factor and I am in the process of a drum build so I don't want to buy something else. Any Ideas?

    BTW can't get enough of this site. Love the Qview everyone!!
  2. abigail4476

    abigail4476 Jeff's Woman SMF Premier Member

    Whoops...sorry--I missed the "electric" part.  LOL!   [​IMG]

    How many wood chunks/chips are you using?  
  3. Thanks, but mine is an electric model and it has no vents (in or out). I only use about 3 chunks and a small handful of chips.
  4. abigail4476

    abigail4476 Jeff's Woman SMF Premier Member

    I really don't know much about electric...hopefully someone else will weigh in.  Usually the problem with electric smokers is not being able to get enough smoke.  
  5. Shameless bump. Sorry, I'm just hoping for some advice before the weekend
  6. mgnorcal

    mgnorcal Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I got one of these about a year ago and used it several times before using the element in a different smoker.

    The lid does leak, mostly by design.  What I did was drape a towel across the top to insulate a bit and slightly plug around 2/3 of the gap along the perimeter of the lid.  This was in 40* weather and I held around 220-240 by doing the following.

    Place charcoal ~6 briquettes (natural is best, otherwise use lump) and 1- 2 wood chunks on the bottom of the smoker (sitting on the lava rock gravel).  Center pieces between the coils of the heating element.  I did not use a pan of any sort, just let the direct heat from the element get the coals and wood going.  You do have to watch so that the wood does not ignite.  If it does ignite, stuff some aluminum foil in the intake hole (where the electrical cord comes out) until it settles down.  A sudden spike in temp will be a sign the wood ignited.

    I didn't use water in the pan, but did shorter cooks so it didn't matter much.  If you want a longer cook, make sure any water you add is boiling vigorously first.  Don't open the lid during the cook if you can avoid it, the unit is barely powerful enough and recovery is slow.

    Stale smell may be due to your wood.  I'd try another source to make sure.

    If you put a vent on the top of the lid like on a kettle grill, I think you'd lose too much heat.

    The top grate and bottom grate will cook differently, fill the top one first.
  7. Thanks, I appreciate the advise. I never thought of adding charcoal. I'll give it a try this weekend.
  8. smokin7roses

    smokin7roses Newbie

    Thats good stuff great info there.

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