Too much wood, and going through it too quickly?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by duboissmokes, Jun 28, 2015.

  1. duboissmokes

    duboissmokes Newbie

    Hey folks - happy Sunday. 

    I'm a relatively new smoker and have noticed a problem. My wood chips are burnt up every 45 minutes - hour, so I'm reloading those bad boys all the time. What am I doing wrong? I soak them over night so they're plenty wet. 

    I use about 2.5 cups at a time, and chips rather than chunks. (This was per the instructions that came with my Masterbuilt Dual Fuel smoker). Is this too many chips? And should I switch over to chunks anyway, instructions be damned? I have tried chunks before but don't seem to get as much smoke. 

    Thanks for any advice! I'm doing a shoulder in a couple hours, excited to get smoking today. 

  2. What kind of smoker?
  3. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Is this on the gas side of the pit or the charcoal side?

    If it is on the charcoal side then I would switch to chunks, 3" long by 2" thick is a good size, and add one when you reload charcoal.

    If it's on the gas side what you describe sounds about right.
  4. duboissmokes

    duboissmokes Newbie

    It's a Masterbuilt Dual Fuel, using the gas side. 
  5. duboissmokes

    duboissmokes Newbie

    FYI - switched over to chunks and it's rolling much better now. Thanks fellas. 
  6. paul6

    paul6 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I ran into sorta a similar problem ,  used kingsford  competition instead of the blue bag on a pork shoulder today, it took 3hrs of messing with the vents on the Longhorn before I got it where I wanted it .

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