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Old 08-11-2006, 05:16 PM   #1
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Smoker Question

I am new to cooking with a smoker and have a lot to learn. Maybe someone can help me with a couple of questions. I just purchased a Great Outdoors gas smoker. I am using it for the first time today. I filled the chip box with Mesquite Chips, filled the water container and started the smoker and added the meat. (I put it through the 'seasoning' process yesterday.) In a few minutes the smoke started coming out and all looked well. But the smoke only came out for about 25 - 30 minutes. The instructions say that a full chip box should last for several hours of smoking. Should I see smoke exiting the smoker for more than the half hour that I did?

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Old 08-11-2006, 07:00 PM   #2
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Did you soak your woodchips before using? That slows down the burning process and the chipos last longer.
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Old 08-11-2006, 07:10 PM   #3
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As Andy said .........soak the chips. Add some more halfway through the smoking process. Goodluck.
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One important factor is the heat.. You don't mention what temperature you are cooking at.. I find the more even and low I can keep the temp, the longer the smoke lasts.. Just one thought...

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Old 08-11-2006, 07:22 PM   #5
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Hi Sig,
As Andy said, soaking the chips should make them last longer.
But most recipes that I've seen for smoking only call for two or three hours worth of smoke. That should give you that pink smoke ring that you are looking for. I've heard that more smoke than that can give you a bitter tasting product. All that being said, I've never used a gas smoker before but I can't imagine the process being much different than charcoal.
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Old 08-11-2006, 11:20 PM   #6
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I did not soak the chips before I cook using them. I will try that next time.

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Old 08-11-2006, 11:24 PM   #7
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Yeah, the soaking will do it... my roomie in college had a gas smoker, that thing was awesome. We made everything from hamburgers to ribs to Cornish hens in that thing. Great stuff!
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Old 08-12-2006, 05:16 PM   #8
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If you don't soak the chips they will just burn up ... wet wood doesn't burn as easily and smokes a lot more. If you were ever a Boy Scout and tried to build a campfire using wet wood on a campout ... same principle except you want that in the smoker.
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Old 08-12-2006, 05:51 PM   #9
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And burning chips create and acrid type of smoke that you really don't want. Your soaked chips will eventually be used up but you really don't want an overly smoked product either.
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Old 08-12-2006, 06:11 PM   #10
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Of course, if you were a boy scout and tried to start a fire with wet wood, you probably didn't get your merit badge, either. ;)
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