Wood chips and ECB question: What did I do wrong?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by lav25, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. lav25

    lav25 Fire Starter

    I've previously made myself an electric flower pot smoker, but it's pretty small, so last year I bought a Brinkmann Smoke 'n Grill (ECB) smoker, knowing full well the problems it has and some of the mods to fix those problems.  I was doing pretty well with my locally available "Smoke Wood" compressed dust blocks (they work like an incense stick or the "punks" we used to use to light fireworks), but the last time I cooked, I tried to use chips.  I soaked them overnight in a bag of water, put them inside a double wrap of aluminum foil, poked a dozen or so holes in one side (designated as the top), and put the packet into the fire bowl.

    Nothing for maybe ten minutes or so, then a brief burst of heavy smoke, then nothing.   I think despite the soaking and foil wrapping, the chips managed to flare up.  Question is, how to beat this?  I need the bowl pretty full of charcoal to get the heat levels I want, the drip/water pan stops me from moving the packet any higher off the heat. 

    Less holes in the foil packet?  More layers of foil?  Not sure what went wrong.  I was able to salvage the bird with the Smoke Wood block, placed on a steel plate beneath the fire bowl; the draw pulled most of the smoke up into the body of the smoker, but chips are much cheaper and more durable than the blocks, which tend to disintegrate if not stored very carefully.



    p.s. Smoke Wood, available in Japan: 

  2. I have an ECB also and I just throw a handful of chips into the charcoals. No foil, no soaking.

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  3. When I used my ECB I would just toss soaked chips onto the coals.

    Another option would be to fill your water pan with sand and wrap in foil.

    Buy an AMNPS and pellets from Todd.

    Light per instructions.

    Place the AMNPS on top of the foil covered sand.

    Cover the AMNPS with a foil tent tho keep drips off the pellets.

    You will get nice even perfect smoke

    Plus the AMNPS gives you the option to cold smoke bacon, cheese, etc.
  4. bobank03

    bobank03 Smoking Fanatic

    Yep, I do the same thing. I just sprinkle them around basically. 

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