Wood chip question.

Discussion in 'Info and Practices' started by jh45gun, Dec 10, 2015.

  1. jh45gun

    jh45gun Newbie

    Can you use wood chips and chunks in those smoking tubes and trays they sell? Or are they pellet only.
  2. travisty

    travisty Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    The A-Maze-N smokers are generally pellet only. You can also do the fine "dust" chips in the maze smoker (AMNPS) but the tubes (AMNTS) only works with pellets.

    Just as a note I had TRIED to do chips in the maze once, just to see, and no it for sure doesn't work with chips
  3. jh45gun

    jh45gun Newbie

    Ok thank. Any one have a suggestion for using chips and hunks in a homemade wood box cold smoker. I know about using a hot plate. Was wondering about other methods that won't cost an arm and leg.
  4. travisty

    travisty Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member


    What sort of smoker are you using? Also Amaze products are having a 20% off and free shipping sale on their site right now. As far as pellets go you can get a 20lb bag on amazon for just $20. The AMNPS and AMNTS (better for high elevation) are probably your best and cheapest bet no matter how you spin it IMHO.

    A really cheap "ghetto" method I used for years until I got an AMNTS, is to stick a cheap soldering iron into a mug filled with chips. this actually generates a good amount of smoke, but it can sometimes pull the temps up in a small chamber. should be okay in a grill or a 30" or bigger chamber.

    Ive had the rim of the soldering iron melt a couple of times so you can either pre-melt it off with a torch, or you can wrap it in a silicone hot pad/ trivet to protect it from the heat.  
  5. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    yup.. a cheap (new. not one that's been used for soldering already) soldering iron... I used a big soup can.. drilled a hole in the side at the bottom for the tip of the iron to go in.. filled with chips... put a cover of aluminum foil, with holes poked in it, over the top (this seem to make them last longer)... I used a big cardboard box set down over the top of stackable racks and the cold smoker... put a vent in the box at bottom on one side and top of the other side.... worked great for cold smoking (cheese, eggs, etc.).... I still have the set up too...

    That's the only way I know of to be able to use chips for cold smoking...
  6. jh45gun

    jh45gun Newbie

    Well know a pan and a hotplate works too. That soldering pencil sounds interesting.
  7. travisty

    travisty Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Never thought of using a can like that... That's a great idea to keep the handle from melting, I actually use a stainless canister like they use at restaurants/ buffets to hold silverware in, I think ill go ahead and drill a side in that and try that, as I can usually only get 3-5 smokes out of one iron before it is unusable due to the handle melting off. As mentioned I do use an AMNTS now myself, but still like to have other options in the arsenal. Good note on the soldering iron being new, didn't think to mention that!

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