Fire in the smoker

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by blodzoo, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. blodzoo

    blodzoo Fire Starter

    I've only got a couple smokes under my belt, both times were pork butt, so low temps.  I was getting ready to throw some chickens in there so I filled my water tray, smoke tray with alder, turned my Smoke Vault to Med and left it for about 10 mins.  Came back and the temp was up over 300, so I turned it down but the temp kept shooting up, so I opened the door to see all of my wood chips ablaze.

    I know that I could soak the chips, but I've read that a lot of people don't prefer it so I just figured it wasn't necessary.  Has anyone else had this problem?
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What happens if you start the smoker on low, get it up to temp, add the chickens and chips....    Chips added during start up, hit a hot chip pan.... add the chips after things have stabilized .....   I don't soak chips...  I add them after the smoker and chip pan has come up to temp....   

  3. bobank03

    bobank03 Smoking Fanatic

    I do the same thing as Dave. Dry chips here as well, no soaking. 

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