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Masterbuilt Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse

The Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse is an easy-to-use electric smoker that allows you to cook your favorite foods. This powder-coated steel smoker is styled like a refrigerator and has the capacity of holding up to 30 pounds of smoked foods, including treats such as barbecue chicken, jerky, or ribs. This Digital Electric Smoker has a digital control panel that allows you to set the temperature anywhere between 100 and 275 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also conveniently set the timer for up to 24 hours. You must of course be around to add wood chips, but this can be done with ease through the convenient side door. This Masterbuilt electric smokehouse has an internal smoking space of 4320 cubic inches. It also comes with four steel wire mesh cooking racks. The 800 watt heating element ensures quick cooking of the most difficult meats.
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Questions & Answers for Masterbuilt Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse

Question

Has anybody used the smoker hooked up to a generator?

Want to get one of these for tailgates. Just curious how it has worked hooked to a small generator, with and without any other small appliances hooked up also.
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Kernersville, NC
on Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
A smoker will use a lot of gas as you're cooking for hours upon hours.
answered 1 day ago
By
smokingmeat
answer 2
A generator would be no problem.... however, it would need to be capable of handing the 800w load easily.

What may happen with a small/basic generator (let's say 1000w for sake of explanation) is when the unit is heating the power requirements will be a little over 800w.
To supply this load the governor on the generator will open up to supply the heavy demand..... no problem, yet.
But now when the smoker reaches temp the load suddenly drops to near zero, the generator's governor cannot react fast enough. This results in a momentary spike in generator RPM and output voltage.
This voltage spike will likely destroy the digital electronics.

If you are going to use this on a generator, you have two choices..

A. use a generator that protects against such surges (e.g., High dollar honda's, et.al.,)
B. use a generator rated much higher than 800w, say 3500w or greater.

Hope this helps,
Av
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
By
av8tor1
answer 3
Not sure if this would work or not. Even if it did work, the temperature fluctuation would affect cooking time and may produce uneven smoke.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
By
Pippykatstamper
answer 4
It has an 800w element so the generator would need to handle 800w continuous current draw.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
By
HemiD
 - Kansas City, Mo
Question

what do you use for smoking wood

asked 4 years, 8 months ago
By
biddi
on Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
WE USE HICKORY CHIPS, SOLD AT WALMART!
answered 3 years ago
By
SMOKEY08
 - CDA, IDAHO
answer 2
Store bought bags of chips, chunks and FOOD GRADE pellets will all work fine.

Twigs and limbs out of your yard, cut into thumb sized pieces also work perfectly well.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
MikeInOhio
 - Ohio
answer 3
depends on what your cooking but apple wood works well for me. You can also buy a Stubbs blend that has hickory, apple and oak which is a great flavor that doesn't get bitter like mesquite if you cook it a long time.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
TSSatlanta
answer 4
I use Hickory chips, any fruit wood, Apple, Cherry and they all do a good job. You can even cook and not use any wood chips.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
By
Huey832
 - Bloomington, IL
answer 5
Hickory is a good all-around choice. you can buy a bag at walmart,etc for about $2-$3 that will last 10-15 cookings
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
oldsmokeater
 - Mississippi
answer 6
Hickory for turkey, pork and chicken. Apple for turkey, pork. Mesquite for chicken, pork.
You can also add herbs on the grill to add extra flavor. My favorite is rosemary, and I like to add sage and/or basil for more flavors.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 7
Mesquite is a great wood to use for "long cooking time" meals. It is light and does not over smoke the meat. I have used that, Hickory, & Oak in the past.

Texasbbqrub.com has a great list of woods for smoking and all things bbq.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
SmokeyPete
 - Louisville, KY
answer 8
I use hickory. Apple is okay but, IMHO, not as good as hickory. If you want flavor added then use hickory.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
papasmoker
 - Easley, SC
answer 9
I have only used apple chips, but I'm sure others would also work. Note that it's a small pan so you need small chips.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
Bocefus
 - Afton, Tennessee
answer 10
persomally I use alot of mesquite , but any fruit wood or nut wood can be used, (including pistachio shells) Also most hardwoods can be used. Never use green cottonwood, gum tree wood, or pressed board or anythign from a factory of any sort like old furnature wood as it contains harmful chems. and no pine for all you northerners.
Wood produced from spice plants<cinnamin/all-spice> also spice food the flavor of the herb.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
Homunculus
answer 11
You will want to use a hardwood so you get a good slow long lasting smoke. Typical hardwoods for smokers would be apple, hickory, pecan, cherry, alder... these all give a good flavor but you can experiment with most hardwoods. With an electric smoker you tend to get a better smoke with small wood shavings rather than wood chips. You can buy wood chips at Gander Mountain, Meijers, Home Depot, Ebay, etc.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
By
Kayaknut
Question

Does this unit have a outside grease drip pan ?

asked 4 years, 4 months ago
By
Darla54
 - Cloudcroft, NM
on Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse
11 answers
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answer 1
Yes, the bottom drip pan inside the unit has a small hole toward the back, which drips down and out the back of the unit to a hanging drip pan that you can easily remove and empty.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
smoker123
answer 2
Yes, drip pan is on back outside of unit.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
rusty01
answer 3
Yes, it came with the unit.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
porterpat
 - N. E. Okla.
answer 4
yes
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - colorado
answer 5
Yes it does. But you have to make sure the smoke house is level or grease and condensation will leak out the front... Learn from my mistake...
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
rookiesmoker
 - Florida
answer 6
yes in the back at the bottom easy removal for cleaning
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
seadog213
answer 7
Yes. Comes with the smoker. Slips over 2 brackets on the back of the smoker.

Also the manual says not to leave this smoker out in the rain. So I have it under a shed and use a cover over it when not in use.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
SmokeyPete
 - Louisville, KY
answer 8
Yes it does.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
papasmoker
 - Easley, SC
answer 9
Yes
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
Bocefus
 - Afton, Tennessee
answer 10
There is a drip pan inside at the bottom. The drippings flow to the back of this pan which has a hole in the back. It then drips through a tube to a pan attached on the bottom back of the smoker.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
DerbyTown
 - Louisville KY
answer 11
Yes, it clips on the back and has a sturdy handle to hold it for taking it off. If you look at the picture with all the parts, you'll see the black drip pan at the bottom of the photo. It's super easy to clean as well.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
By
dirtBgone
 - florida
Question

So, why the water pan? Is this unit similar to the $29.95 bullet from Brinkman?

asked 3 years, 7 months ago
By
MiketheSmoker
 - Sacramento, CA
on Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse
11 answers
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answer 1
You need the water pan for poltry to keep it moist. Also it helps difuse the heat around your meat. I have the brinkman/charcoal unit and with the electric one you can control the temp. thruout the smoking process.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
By
billierae
 - Keene, CA
answer 2
The water pan allows one to add water / moisture to the inside of the unit when smoking to prevent the meat from drying out. I have never used mine but many people do.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
By
slimmy
 - Hudson, NC
answer 3
the waterpan helps keep meat moist and catches drippings. you get what you pay for.
answered 3 years ago
By
hammerhead101
 - huffman,tx.
answer 4
The water pan serves a couple purposes. One is to maintain moisture in the cabinet so as to not dry out the food being smoked. The second is to catch part of the drippings to be added to the steam to impart additional flavor as well as keeping grease from dripping directly onto the burner assembly and igniting a fire.

It is similar in that they are both smokers but that is where the similarity ends. This is a much better product.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
MikeInOhio
 - Ohio
answer 5
some people prefer wet smoking over just the wood smoking. You can do whatever you end of liking best. I don't use it but some people think it helps keep the meat moister.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
TSSatlanta
answer 6
From what i have read,if you want wet smoke put water in the pan,it also is supposed to help tenderize the meat.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
GRUMBEIN39
 - 17403
answer 7
The brinkman is not insulated. The Masterbuilt smoker is about 1 inch insulated walls...you can smoke in winter or summer and the automatic temp and time control lets you hold a constant 220-225 for slow and low cooking. You get what you pay for. $29.95 smoke will give you $29 taste and satisfaction. Pay the $179 and do yourself a favor...you won't regret it if you like smoked BBQ like i do.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Huntsville, Alabama
answer 8
The water pan you add your liquid to keep meat moist and to add flavor. I add different liquids depending on what I'm smoking. Use orange, lemon, apple juices in any combination to give the meat additional flavor during the smoking from the type of wood that you are using.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
By
Huey832
 - Bloomington, IL
answer 9
1 inch water in pan keeps meat moist while cooking. This unit, being sealed, is better than the Brinkman I have.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
oldsmokeater
 - Mississippi
answer 10
It is my understanding, the water pan is used to stabilize the temperatures. Some folks replace the water with sand. The thermal mass reduces fluctuations.
Personally, I never introduce water when I start smoking meats. Meats need a dry surface for the smoke to penetrate properly. The dry surface is called a pellicle.
I am not familiar with the Brinkman.
This unit has electronic temperature control. Electric heating element. It is insulated.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
wash98841
 - Washington State
answer 11
The water pan can be used to keep from drying the meet out. I have found its not really needed.

This unit is insulated, I had a bullet before, it "leaked" smoke around the top, and during the winter it was tough to regulate the temp, especially if it was windy.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
smoker123
Question

do you have to cook the meat before it is smoked?

asked 5 years, 10 months ago
By
sophialil
on Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
No. The meat is cooked as it smokes over a long period of time. 6 to 8 hours for chicken leg quarters..... 12 to 24 hours for a pork shoulder.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
MikeInOhio
 - Ohio
answer 2
I did Babyback ribs used a dry rub on them,I did not pre cook and they turned out great. I followed a recipe that was on www.dadgumthatsgood.com
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
GRUMBEIN39
 - 17403
answer 3
No, the smoker will cook food like the best BBQ cooks do.

Baby back ribs for 4 hours at 225.
Chicken for 3-4 hours at 220-225.
Boston Butt depends on size...8 hours for a 6 pound butt. Internal temp of 180 for good sliced meat, internal temp of 190-200 for really good pulled pork.

Doing bacon wrapped chicken and ham and provolon cheese roulade tomorrow.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Huntsville, Alabama
answer 4
No. smoke is added to meat thru wood chip door as meat is being cooked.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
oldsmokeater
 - Mississippi
answer 5
I have smoked meats and took them off too soon. When I've done that I take it inside and it goes into the oven or microwave.
It's already smoked by then, it just needs a little more cooking.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
porterpat
 - N. E. Okla.
answer 6
not necessary---it cooks when you smoke it. Example...smoke a Boston Butt at 225 degrees for 12 hours, smoke a 8 pound turkey breast at 275 for 3 hours. Times and temps are available on the internet
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
answer 7
No, it cooks the meat. We smoked ribs and they tasted great and were tender. For finishing, we took some of them and basted with BBQ sauce and threw on the grill just to caramelize the BBQ a little. AWSOME!
answered 4 years ago
By
lovetobuild18
 - Wisconsin
answer 8
No.. The point of smoking is to cook meat etc at very long cooking times at very low temperatures. Use 200 to 225 degrees. Check out some of the recipes on the internet. Texasbbqrub.com has some great methods of cooking. Check out the Aluminum foil secret too.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
SmokeyPete
 - Louisville, KY
answer 9
No....Just make sure any meat is at a safe temperature for that meat.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
Bocefus
 - Afton, Tennessee
answer 10
No.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
Homunculus
answer 11
No, the brisket, ribs, chicken that I cooked were all raw and just purchased from the store. Just season and set the time and temperature, add the wood chips and sit back and watch it work!!
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
By
LovetoBarbecue
 - Woodway, TX
Question

can you add a water bowl to this unit and it work ok?

asked 5 years, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
This unit has an included water bowl so an additional water bowl would be useless.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
MikeInOhio
 - Ohio
answer 2
Comes with one and yes it works.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
TSSatlanta
answer 3
You can dry smoke or you can wet smoke...option is yours. For chicken I like to wet smoke with 50/50 apple juice and water in the water pan. Wrap water pan and drip pan in foil (whether wet or dry) for easy cleanup.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Huntsville, Alabama
answer 4
No. It comes with a metal water pan. Book recommends minimum of 1 inch water in pan. This keeps meat moist while smoking.It also catches drippings from meat that otherwise might get on heating element. Hint - line water pan with tinfoil for easier clean-up.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
oldsmokeater
 - Mississippi
answer 5
There is a water pan that comes with the unit.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
smoker123
answer 6
It comes with a water pan. It is shallow, but seems capable enough.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
porterpat
 - N. E. Okla.
answer 7
It comes with a water bowl. And I always fill it at least half way full.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
rookiesmoker
 - Florida
answer 8
There is a water bowl with it which fits neatly under the bottom rack.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
Bocefus
 - Afton, Tennessee
answer 9
Comes with a 5cup or so to put in it.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
Homunculus
answer 10
To add to the previous answer, the included water pan is plenty big enough. I have owned this smoker for over 2 years, use it frequently, and I have never had the pan go dry on me. I fill the INCLUDED water pan 1/2 full. I think the longest smoke I have done was 10 hours, and the pan was still 1/4 full. I would guess it holds approximately a gallon of water.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
By
Mentalmatt
 - Hazelton, PA
answer 11
This unit has a water pan. Fill it halfway before starting and let her rip. I catches most of the drippings as well.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
By
gruntleg
 - Clinton, Ms
Question

Can you smoke sausage in this smoker

What accessories are available
asked 4 years, 8 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
If by "smoke sausage" you mean fully cook sausage to a safe edible state then yes you can.

If you mean like smoked bacon that is essentially still raw meat..... I don't think so.

You have to go thru the curing process prior to the smoking process for a product like summer sausage.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
MikeInOhio
 - Ohio
answer 2
you sure can; just don't overcook; invest in a good meat thermometer.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
TSSatlanta
answer 3
Yes you can smoke sausage I smoked some green pepper and onion turkey sausage and itn turned out great. Hanen't tried any other yet.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
GRUMBEIN39
 - 17403
answer 4
My very first meat I smoked was sausage and with the apple chips I used along with orange juice and apple juice mixture, the flavor was great.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
By
Huey832
 - Bloomington, IL
answer 5
You can smoke anything that will fit into the unit. It's heat range is from 100 degrees to 275 degrees.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
porterpat
 - N. E. Okla.
answer 6
I don't see why not, we bought this smoker because it actually cooks the meat at a low but safe temp.
answered 4 years ago
By
lovetobuild18
 - Wisconsin
answer 7
Yes, you can smoke sausages in this smoker and there is a recipe in the limited recipe section of the user manual. The only accessory I'm aware of is a cover, which is necessary unless you have a storage space that is totally protected from the weather.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
By
NoCoJT
 - Northern Colorado
answer 8
Absolutely! Although I haven't tried this yet... it won't be long before I do.

Texasbbqrub.com has some good advise for smoking. I am using their rub.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
SmokeyPete
 - Louisville, KY
answer 9
Yes you can.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
papasmoker
 - Easley, SC
answer 10
Yes....I smoked some fresh, large casing pork sausage for 3 hours at 225 deg.F and it was just right. I did use the water pan because I was smoking ribs at the same time.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
Bocefus
 - Afton, Tennessee
answer 11
Yes, it smokes everything, and the low temperature settings and timer make it easy. So far ive done pork sausages, cheeses, about 50 lbs of pork, a few briskets and beef roasts( perfect btw).

(Cold smoking trick for cheeses and the like, bottom tray wrapped in foil and bowl of ice on top of it, any other tray with product, select decent wood and start at max for 20 min hen wait about an hour to a hour and a half, DONE)
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
Homunculus
Question

can this be used inside

asked 5 years, 1 month ago
By
divantn
on Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
NO!

This unit is designed for outdoor use only.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
MikeInOhio
 - Ohio
answer 2
no....everything in the house will end up smelling like smoke and it's a strong smell that lasts a long time.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
TSSatlanta
answer 3
NO, unless you want your entire house to smell like smoke...this thing puts out some smoke. Would you run a gas engine or open wood flame in your house...probably not. Smokers are made for outdoors.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Huntsville, Alabama
answer 4
No. Being a slow smoker, it would put too much smoke flavor inside. Needs to be outside on porch or deck.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
oldsmokeater
 - Mississippi
answer 5
NO! This puts out alot of smoke, not suitable for indoor or even inside the garage!
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
smoker123
answer 6
NO! It still puts out smoke it would fill your enclosure with smoke.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
porterpat
 - N. E. Okla.
answer 7
No. It would fill the house with smoke and carbon monoxide...
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
rookiesmoker
 - Florida
answer 8
No it emits some smoke out the top. We put it just inside the garage and left the door open because it was raining. Also it gets hot, but its insulated. You would have to use it on a safe surface then bring inside when done cooking.
answered 4 years ago
By
lovetobuild18
 - Wisconsin
answer 9
Definitely not in the house, but maybe in a garage with the large door open, on a concrete floor, and plenty of space around it
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
Bocefus
 - Afton, Tennessee
answer 10
No, its a smoker meaning it smokes a lot.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
Homunculus
answer 11
Only if you don't mind your house being filled with smoke. There may be some sort of high tech commercial smoker that somehow recycles or filters the smoke but pretty much any smoker in this category is going to pump out smoke into the air.

So, the short answer is, NO.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
By
SnakeCity
 - Far Northern California
Question

how much trouble is it to clean up?

asked 3 years, 8 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
on Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
Most people don't clean the inside of them. I spray my racks with PAM before smoking and most of the residue rinses off. Some I take off with a brush but it removes easily if sprayed with PAM before using. Lots of people just put the racks in their dishwasher.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
By
slimmy
 - Hudson, NC
answer 2
pretty easy, use a scouring pad
answered 3 years ago
By
SMOKEY08
 - CDA, IDAHO
answer 3
The racks, water pan, and drip pan all are easily removed and easily cleaned.

I have run them thru the dishwasher but hand cleaning in the sink does a better job.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
MikeInOhio
 - Ohio
answer 4
Compared to other smokers we've owned this is the easiest to clean up by far. Most of the parts are removable and some can probably be put in the dishwasher. Once you've removed the racks, drip pan and wood pan, it makes for very easy access to wiping down the interior of the smoker. It is a smoker though.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
reparker56
 - Aurora, CO
answer 5
Easy cleanup. The hardest was the racks and that just took a little elbow grease. the rest cleaned beautifully.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
TSSatlanta
answer 6
This is where it should be on a small table or stand. I do as the instrctions say and use just water and a soft rag. It does take some rubbing sometimes.The hotter the water the better it cleans.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
GRUMBEIN39
 - 17403
answer 7
Wrap the drip pan on the bottom and the water try with aluminum foil before you begin. Makes for easy cleanup. Do not foil on racks since that won't let the smoke flow through. The racks clean up easy with brillo pad, or you can soak in clorox in water for really easy cleanup. I use the clorox on my dehydrator racks when making jerky so I leanred that and brought it over to the smoker racks. Cleanup is nothing considering you foil wrap the drip pan and water pan...even if you dry smoke.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Huntsville, Alabama
answer 8
Book says dump wood chip tray, racks and waterpan can go in dishwasher or clean in sink. Using clear water on old sponge run around rubber gasket and metal where gasket touches on unit, let dry before closing. That's it.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
oldsmokeater
 - Mississippi
answer 9
Very easy, the racks are chrome, so they clean up easy, there is a bottom drip pan and water dish that are removable and easy to clean. You really don't want to clean the rest of the cooker, you want to keep the seasoned interior.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
smoker123
answer 10
easy to clean, there is a drip tray on the bottom just pull it out and clean it. Also there is a water pan that pulls out easily to dump
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
FFTJ
 - Miami, Fl
answer 11
very easy to clean, just soap and water, best done while still warm.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
By
skywarrior
 - poplar bluff, mo.
Question

How often do you have to add wood or does it automatically dispense it?

asked 4 years, 10 months ago
By
joseph30
on Masterbuilt 30" Electric Smokehouse
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
I add wood every 30 to45 minutes ,you can take out loader and see if wood has burned or is smouldering.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
By
GRUMBEIN39
 - 17403
answer 2
The dispenser in the Masterbuilt smoker is located on the right side. 180 unscrew and it slide out...has a small half cup area to put in wood chips. Then back in and a half turn to dump the chips into the smoke box. That way you don't have to open the smoker and let out precious heat...and the smoker maintains the heat low and slow for as long as you need.

BTW...too much smoke will make your meat bitter...I only add once when first adding meat and then one more time an hour later. That's all is needed.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
By
an anonymous customer
 - Huntsville, Alabama
answer 3
I add wood about every 90 minutes and only enough to fill the side feed container. Do that twice during your smoking and then leave the wood chips out to avoid the smoke taste from being too sharp.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
By
Huey832
 - Bloomington, IL
answer 4
soak 1 cup wood chips in water while unit is getting to set temp. 1 hr after temp is reached, add drained chips thru door in side of unit
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
oldsmokeater
 - Mississippi
answer 5
I add chips about 45min-1hr, I add when it stops smoking. It doesn't dispense automatically, but it is easy, add about a cup of chips to the dispensor, push it in and rotate it to drop the chips into the pan that sits above the heating element. You don't have to open the door, so you keep in the heat and smoke.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
By
smoker123
answer 6
It does not automatically dispense the wood. I keep my wood soaking while I'm cooking and check it every hour. Usually adding wood every hour and a half to 2 hours.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
rookiesmoker
 - Florida
answer 7
the times i'v used mine I would fill the wood at the start and it would last me 6 hrs.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
By
HurricaneHillbilly
 - Ripley,TN
answer 8
Sorry there's no "Auto Dispenser"...

I cooked a chicken (beer can) and added a few chips late in the process. It cooked for 6 1/2 hours. I cooked this one by meat temp... not time. Set the thermostat (corrected) for 215 degrees and waited until the meat was 165 degrees to take it out. It took 6 1/2 hrs.

Regarding adding chips. You start with about a cup in the burning chamber. I could see not adding any more chips for maybe 10 hours or so. Then just a few chips would probably do the trick. I plan to cook a brisket maybe this Sunday. I'll cook it in the smoker for 17 to 18 hours at about 200 degrees. I'll start with a full burner of chips, but probably won't add any. Most of the smoker flavor is infused early in the cooking process anyway.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
SmokeyPete
 - Louisville, KY
answer 9
Not automatic, but you add from the outside, so you don't have to open the door.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
By
Bocefus
 - Afton, Tennessee
answer 10
You have to add woodabout every 45 min, thats how long it takes to burn down the about a cup of wood u put in at a time.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
By
Homunculus
answer 11
EVERY HOUR FOR THE FIRST TWO HOURS IT HAS A DRAWER THIS SMOKER IS THE BEST....AN SO EASY MY 8YR.OLD RUNS IT...
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
By
TUCSONBOB
 - TUCSON AZ.
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