Masterbuilt Dual Fuel: Chips vs. Chunks

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by mdevries, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. So here's the deal; we're going to the cottage and I'll be smoking a brisket and a butt at some point over the course of the week.

    I've always used chips since the instructions (I know, I know, I read them) explicitly say not to use chunks.  The things is I find using chips requires a lot of attention to make sure they aren't catching and to make sure I'm getting all the smoke I can out of them without being wasteful.  

    Has anyone tried using chunks instead of chips and had success?  If I'm doing two recipes with several hours each of smoke I'd like to achieve consistent and even smoke while being able to enjoy the cottage.

    Thoughts anyone?
  2. hillbillyrkstr

    hillbillyrkstr Master of the Pit Group Lead

    I just bought a mes 40 (new generation) a few months back. Every time I've ever put chips in it they caught fire. I felt like I was on that Chicago Fire tv show after about the 3rd time of swinging the door open, grabbing a towel, and pulling the tray out...

    That being said I also read the "no chunks" advice in the directions. So I did what any red blooded American would do in a situation like that. I fought the system and used chunks!! Lol. I took your standard hickory chunks they sell everywhere for Qing and chopped them down with a hatchet to jenga (the game) sized pieces. They never caught fire in my mes 40.

    I still had to put new chunks in every 30-40 minutes though and that's why I bought a amazn pellet smoker. I have to refill that every 10 hours or so. I'm not sure of your exact model but if an amazn will work with it, buy one. You'll be happy you did!

    Hope this helped some what.


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