How Much Smoke Is To Much Smoke

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by dysartsmoker, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. I have a propane upright I use alot. I think sometimes I use to much smoke/chips for what I'm smoking. I use a large coffee can for my chips, usually about 1/4 full at a time. I will refill can 2 or 3 or 4 times during a smoke. Example I smoked ribs a couple of weeks ago and used a whole bag of chips. Am I smoking to long or not enough. Any thoughts will be of help to me THKS
  2. simondsjt

    simondsjt Fire Starter

    Think of smoke as another spice or a flavor for your meat. It really depends on your tastes, whether there is too much or not enough smoke.
  3. meowey

    meowey Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    As long as the smoke is thin and blue as opposed to white and billowing, how much smoke you apply is up to your personal preference. What you describe does not sound to me to be too much smoke. When I use my GOSM, I add a chunk every hour or so until the meat is foiled or done.

    Hope this helps!

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  4. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Well... are you happy with your results? Try halving the chip amount in total for a smoke. It's mostly personal taste...some like it light, others heavy.. some right inna middle :{)

    A whole bag is probably on the "heavy" end tho for me... remember..if you smell smoke, you're smoking.
  5. My smokes usually turn out real good. But I did notice that my last fattie smoke was a little over powering. Just have to cut back a little practice makes perfect. Smoke log's help to. Thanks guy's.
  6. glued2it

    glued2it Master of the Pit

    I keep my smoke real thin and blue. Sometimes I have to look closely to make sure there's still smoke.
    I will use 1 chunk every 1-2 hours.
    IMHO the smoke can still be blue but still be too thick.It doesn't take much to kiss the meat as it passes.
    The thinner the better.

    Experiment with it and have fun!
  7. dono

    dono Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    I have found over time if the wife is complaining about the smoke coming in the back window even when it's closed I probly got too much smoke happening lol[​IMG]
  8. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    yup what ^ say.
  9. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member! A built in smoke monitor! Conversely... if my jacket no longer smells of prime hardwood..I know I need to smoke something FAST!
  10. superdave

    superdave Smoking Fanatic

    Has anyone mastered using a lot of wood with a teeny tiny vent hole on the box so that you don't have to add wood every hour? I use a Baker's Square pie tin covered in foil and just poke a couple small holes in the foil. I don't know if I'm outsmarting the smoke or myself. [​IMG]

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