Rookie needs help! No smoke!

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by sjsamson, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. sjsamson

    sjsamson Newbie

    Hello all,

    Just bought my first smoker, a propane Masterbuilt 20050611.  After reading a few posts I seasoned the grill and just tossed on a few sausages to try it out.  I soaked some apple wood chips for 45 mins and set my burner on medium, smoker temp climbed to 250 which will be perfect (I've read) for the turkey I plan on smoking xmas morning.  Well, 30 or so minutes later the wood chips have turned to ash and I have no smoke!  

    I've read that the out-of-the-box wood chip pan that sits directly above the flame isn't very good (see image below).  Is that my problem, that the flame is burning the wood too fast?  Should I use a cast iron skillet like others have done?  

    Also, should I always have water in the pan above the wood chip tray?

    Sorry such a dummy but the Mastbuilt instruction stink!!!

    Thanks in advance!


  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I would use wood chunks, the chips burn up too fast. On my gasser I put some chips in the bottom then a bunch of chunks on top.
  3. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    In my rig like that I like to use a mixture of chunks and chips.
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now I have a similar unit and I use chips and some chunks when I have them. Oh yea welcome to SMF there Steve.
  5. sdiver40

    sdiver40 Fire Starter

    I put a cast iron frying pan on top of the factory chip tray. Works great for me. I'll put some chunks around the edge of the factory pan and chips in the cast pan. They last much longer doing that.
  6. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You need to just put more on, I tend to add chips every hour of the smoke.

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