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Where do up put the wood chips in the electric smoker?

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I'm smoking a turkey right now and I'm using this method:

This electric smoker wasn't designed (in my opinion) for chips. In fact, the manual suggests chunks and sticks. Too bad though since my local Bass Pro Shops store sells a great selection of chips.

We'll see. It seems the above method is working so far. Just let the element heat up to glowing first.

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Can I use the wood chip pan directly (not the side chute)?

It is a big process it has 7 steps they are as follows
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    Soak hardwood chips in water for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours for larger chunks. Drain them completely before adding to the smoker unit. Use 1 1/2 cups of wood chips when smoking for less than 3 hours. For longer cooking times use 3 cups of wood.

  • 2

    Place the bottom unit that contains the heating element on a sturdy surface, away from flammable materials. Make a foil pouch containing the wood chips and punch a few holes in the top. Place this pouch onto the pan containing the heating element. The chips can be added directly to the pan, but the foil pouch makes cleanup easier.

  • Place the large water pan onto the unit and fill it 2/3 full of water or apple juice. The water or juice will moderate the temperature and provide moisture for the cooking food.

  • 4

    Add the cooking grates to the top of the unit and close the lid to allow the unit to preheat.

  • 5

    Place the food on the preheated grates and cook until done. Keep the lid closed as much as possible to maintain the heat. Open the vent on the top of the lid to allow the smoke to escape.

  • 6

    Check the water level occasionally by opening the door on the side of the Charbroil Electric Smoker unit. Add more water as needed.

  • 7

    Add more soaked wood chips after a few hours if the smoke begins to die away. This is optional; the chips provide flavor but are not necessary for cooking the meat.

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    The smoker heats ok but no smoke

    Assuming the smoker is heating up correctly to at least 225 - 250 Degrees F and you have loaded the wood chip holder with soaked wood chips, I can't think of any reason smoke is not being produced. Unless, you soaked the wood chips to long. 30 minutes is generally all that is necessary. The chips should start smoking before you place meat, fish or chicken in the smoker.

    Thanks for choosing FixYa.

    Sep 15, 2011 | Masterbuilt 20070106 Electric Smoker

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    How do you burn the wood chips

    The pre-soaked wood chips are placed in the cylindrical wood chip holder on the side of the unit and then inserted into the smoker above the wood chip tray. The wood chip tray must always be in place prior to loading the wood chip holder.

    To further assist you, in case you have misplaced the Owner's Manual, I have included a link to it, that you can download and print for future reference. It also includes recipes.

    To extend the use and longevity of this smoker, be sure to follow all the routine maintenance suggestions in the manual.

    Hope this helped you to enjoy your smoker. Thanks for choosing FixYa.

    Aug 05, 2011 | Masterbuilt 20070106 Electric Smoker

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    I have an electric smoker and am having troubles with it heating the wood chips enough to make smoke. all the unit seems to do is dry them out but not burn them to creat somke. i am following the...

    The moist chips take a short time to dry so they take awhile to create the smoke. Is the holder for the water and wood chip boxes mounted correctly on the bottom rack, where the water is on left and wood chip smoker box on right side of smoker? Both items should be right above the heating element with barely any space between them.

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    Exactly how does the charcol come into play not exactly sure where to place it.

    Debbie, unless you listed the wrong model number for your Masterbuilt Electric Smoker ... Electric Smokers don't use charcoal at all. They use wood chips, that are placed on the wood chip tray, just above the burner. The smoldering wood chips generate the smoke.

    In case you've misplaced your Owners Manual. Here's a link to it that you can download and print for future reference.

    Hope this helps you to enjoy your smoker.

    Apr 16, 2011 | Masterbuilt 20070106 Electric Smoker

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    How many hours do you you season the smoker initially before putting food items in it? do you put water in the pan for the initial smoke? and how many hours will it take to smoke a turkey?

    It takes three hours on medium setting to season the smoker. During the last 3/4 hour of seasoning, add 1 cup of wood chips to the wood chip box. Let the chips soak in water for a half hour prior to using them. Once three hours is up, turn off, unplug and let the unit cool off.

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    Were do you put the wood chips

    On the left side there is a tube that slides out , slide it out and you will see a place to put your chips at the far end , only place enough to not quite fill it up , push the chip loader back into the smoker all the way , give it a half turn , You have now loaded your smoker box with chips , repeat as necessary

    Nov 05, 2010 | Masterbuilt 20070106 Electric Smoker

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    Have this smoker but really dont no how to use it where do i put the wood chips do i put them in the pan with the water our do i put them on the plate please help me with this

    Page 3 on this link shows the wood tray and explains the water tray. Wood chips are soaked to make them last. They will still go pretty fast but you can add more. Soak the chips or chunks overnight.

    Jun 10, 2010 | Char-Broil Electric H2O Smoker

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    Where do i put my wood chips? under the heating

    Buy some lava rocks from your local hardware store. Get just enough to cover the coil with 1 layer of rocks. This will help control and retain the heat produced by the coil. Now, just throw a couple chunks of pre-soaked wood on top. I recommend hickory or cherry...never mesquite, it is way too harsh for slow smoking. Happy smoking!

    Sep 02, 2009 | Char-Broil Electric H2O Smoker

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    Don't know where to put wood chunks in a Char-broil electric h20 smoker!!

    Dip wood chips/chunks in boiling hot water for a few minutes if you're in a hurry or allow to to soak in tap water for about an hour if you have plenty of time. Either way, place the soaked chips around and under the heating element at the bottom. Don't throw out the water; heat it up and pour it in the water pan. Heating it up to boil will give your smoker a good head start. I've been doing that on my char-broil smoker for years.

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