My smoker's warming up for its first job. In breaking it in yesterday I noticed the wood chips didn't last long. I've read somewhere you're supposed to add every 20 minutes or so. That's a PITA, might as well have gone charcoal if I've got to babysit it all day. Is there another plan out there that will still get my meatloaf smoked? I'm going to use apple chips. Also, is it best to add a few chips at a time, or fill the feeder cup? Boy , do I sure feel stupid. For a few years after retiring up here in the mountains I cut and sold firewood. Got about $140 a cord for it. Probably netted a cool $4 an hour. I figure this 180 cubic inch bag of chips Wally World sold me comes out to around $6,000 a cord! I coulda bin rich!