Newbie - How often to add chips

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by darthkram3r, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. darthkram3r

    darthkram3r Newbie

    I'm new to the smoking biz. I've read a lot and seem to not find a solid answer. Some say to set and forget, some say add chips when smoke stops until half way through the cook time and others say to add chips throughout the entire cook time. I'm going to start off by cooking a whole chicken. I have a 30" Masterbuilt Electric smoker. I'll take all the suggestions I can get! Help!
  2. Hello.  The short answer is "yes".  There is no "correct" answer.  Some folks like more smoke than others.  As for set and forget, most folks use a smoke generator that gives 4-12 hrs. of smoke depending on the unit.  When my chips are burned up and stop smoking I add more, and I continue that way until I pull the meat off the smoker.  Just the way I like my meat.  Experiment and find out how you like it.  Good luck.  Keep Smokin!

  3. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yes, Danny Boy , has led you right [​IMG]  Experiment for yourself ; the trick is to learn your Smoker's qwirks [​IMG]  Does it burn with more efficiently with chips or lumps (I highly recommend pulling the trigger for a bag of chunks) , how long between

    loads and color of the Smoke .  Your goal is for Coals that glow when you open the FB , and the added fuel catches quickly with the door open , then close the door and adjust the temp. when starts moving...Oh , yes  , also MHO is that soaking

    wood delays combustion , causing clouds of white smoke ( and the associated Creosote).

    So back to Danny , "how much smoke do you like?"  And learn you Smoker , she is a Lady and acts like one . . .[​IMG].

    Have fun and . . .

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