Wood chunks burning

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by cousineau18, Feb 6, 2016.

  1. cousineau18

    cousineau18 Newbie

    So this is my first time posting on here, I have a 2 door Masterbuilt Propane smoker and a cast iron pan for my wood chunks that is raised up 5 inches above the burner. The problem I am still having is my chunks are still burning up from the beginning of my initial smoke. I can put chips on about 6 hours later and they will smoke wonderfully.

    I do not soak and again my chunks are the weber chunks of wood, so not big but not chips either.

    I have checked here but all the suggestions people have on this forum I have tried with no luck. I am not able to push the pan up any farther without it hitting my water pan.

    Any help will be great

    Smoke on brother and sisters.
  2. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you have wood combustion, not just a slow smolder, you either have the wood too close to the heat source OR you have too much draft thru the smoker. There is also the possibility that the wood chucks are old and dryed out. There is a difference between seasoned and old and dry. 

    Were it me, I would try closing the vent some and see if you can better regulate the smoke from fire to smolder. Or possibly lowering the propane amount to drop the fire some. Although I would have to see it to know the possible safety implications.

    I don't have a propane smoker, but these would be my first ideas.

    Maybe someone more familiar with your smoker can help you better.
  3. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm not a propane smoker, but what Foam said sounds good.

    You might also put a double layer of heavy foil over the pan with some holes in it. That will make smoke, but limit the oxygen at the chunks.

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