Originally Posted by Andy M.
I missed the thread on the smoker. Do you have the chips in a foil packet or on a foil pie plate on the burner?
Here's the thread that going me going on this idea Trash can smoker?
If you follow the link I found you can see what I did, only I used a 20 gallon can, so it should get hotter I would think. Unfortunately, the instructions do not say which hot plate to get, so I went with a 1000 watt GE hot plate with a 2 year warranty as opposed to a 750 watt Proctor Silex (exposed coils though) with a 1 year warranty. Visiting Amazon, it seems like the PS hot plate has a habit of burning out shortly after the warranty expires. And 1000w has
to be hotter than 750w.... doesn't it?
I'm going to check the temp again, but using my digital thermometer instead of the one I bought to put in the lid, but I still don't think it got anywhere close to the temps needed to smoke.
The chips were laying in a foil meat loaf pan. You could smell them, but they were not producing any negligible smoke. Can chips go bad?
gadzooks, do you think the 750w would be my best choice for this project then?