Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by mitsuruss, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Chef Willie, with the larger element wat r the cookin advantages being 1200 watts opposed  to smaller 700,Thx
  2. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Well, I believe #1 it heats up faster from a totally cold start. Mine went from off to set temp of 250 in about 15 minutes. Then I'd imagine there's the on-off cycling to maintain temps. I'd assume easier to maintain with a bigger element. I'm not an electrical engineer so truthfully couldn't answer technically 'why' bigger is better. Just reading other posters lamenting on a smaller element in other brands comes to mind with recovery time if the door is opened. I do recall a post from a Smokin It owner who had a #1 I believe comment on how the smaller element in that one was more than enuf for the size. So, all relative I guess.
  3. suya

    suya Fire Starter

    I don't have the Smokin-It yet, but when I had the MES, the 1200 watt heating elements was especially handy when smoking in freezing temperatures. You will be amazed as to how much heat you lose when you open the door for any reason and how long it takes to recover with a small heating element. The other thing I didn't realize is that once you load the smoker with food, it takes even longer to get to temp. 

    Personally, (I'm still a rookie so take this for what its worth) I have resolved to open my smoker as little as possible especially during the winter (Wisconsin). So, I look for recipies that don't call for me to mop the meat, or spritz the meat or anything else that requires regular opening during the process.  Maybe during the summer, but not now.
  4. Thanks CW just trying to decide wat im goin to replace my gasser with that i lost in superstorm Sandy here in Toms River NJ.  
  5. wingzofsteel

    wingzofsteel Fire Starter

  6. I use the #1 and it will smoke all that 6-8 people can eat, probably more with a capability of 20 to 25 lbs. I, too, did not want to mortgage the house to buy a smoker. I love the thing. Which ever you choose you can't go wrong. I had about every kind of set up before landing the Smokin-it.
  7. wingzofsteel

    wingzofsteel Fire Starter

  8. xoltri

    xoltri Newbie

    Bought a #2 the other day, should be here in a week or so.  It will be my first smoker.  I'm a bit concerned about the brokerage fees as I'm in Canada and the shipping was FedEx ground but we'll see what happens.  Did a lot of research and it seems like the best quality unit out there that should last many years.
  9. smoke happens

    smoke happens Smoking Fanatic

    Based on my experience you should love it. Congrats!
  10. shtrdave

    shtrdave Smoking Fanatic

    How big are the racks on the Model 3, it says inside 15x20x22 is the height inside 20 or 22? Thank you
  11. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I think they are approx 14 X 21, possible a 1/4 inch or so larger.  I know they are deeper than the shelves in my Cookshack:  14 X 17.  Hopefully a model 3 owner will chime in.  
  12. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I think the element is sized appropriately for the size of the smoker. If you look at a couple of other sites with similar yet more expensive smokers (Cookshack and SmokinTex), you will see their elements are similar in wattage for similar sized smokers.
  13. smoke happens

    smoke happens Smoking Fanatic

    14.5" x 21.25" on the #3 rack, comes with 4.

    Edit: 22" deep, 20" high, 15" wide. Sorry missed that 2nd part of the question from shtrdave.
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2013
  14. I have a very rookie type question that is a little off of the thread. I just recieved my Smokin it 2 a couple of days ago and it looks great (Thanks old Sarge for the suggestion) The Alderwood available in my area is chips and it looks like this smoker mostly uses large chunks. I recieved the chip screen free when I bought the unit but was curious about using my own wood. I have alders and cherry trees in my back yard. Here is the newbie part, can I use this wood? I assume I cannot use green wood but are there other considerations?
  15. geerock

    geerock Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Sure you can. I have an orchard within a mile of home and they trim in the spring and fall. Apple, peach, cherry, you name it. You being in washington might be near an apple farm and you'll have all the variety you'll ever need. One good chunk is good for 2 to 3 hours in a well insulated box.
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2013
  16. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Donald, try Home Depot or Lowe's for chunks. As you're in Lynnwood, you can also try Rich's on hwy 99, or even Olympic Hot Tubs & Spas on 196th (they each have a bbq section.) Even Ace Hardware has them on occasion.

    Last edited: Feb 7, 2013
  17. smoke happens

    smoke happens Smoking Fanatic

    [​IMG] Closer to spring we get the big box stores will be restocking as well, can be slim picking this time of year. Mesquite and hickory is about all they have. I was at Cabela's in Marysville yesterday and they had a bunch, several varieties as well.
  18. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    What ever you use, start off lightly with the wood.  Too little smoke is edible.  To much smoke is possibly a disaster.
  19. Good advice on the wood, thanks. I'll check out the home depot on 128th, Thanks.
  20. crvtt

    crvtt Smoke Blower

    I'm getting ready to order soon, any recommendations on which accessories to get?  I'm definitely getting the cord hanger, going to get the 5 lb bag of wood chunks, debating whether to get the smoker box chip insert.   I plan on using an extra air conditioner cover if I store it outside.   Any recs on what accessories to order or NOT order?   Right now he's including free rib hooks with purchase, but that's literally the last accessory I care about.

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