Originally Posted by fairygirl69
I made my own trash can electric smoker. It works but the only problem is I've never been able to get it up to proper smoking heat. The only thing I can think of is that we drilled quite a few holes in the lid. Could this be my problem or could it be the electric hot plate I'm powering it with?
If it's not getting up to proper smoking temp (assuming you mean 225F-250 for most meats) how exactly is it working?
Is it cooking, but not smoking? Smoking but not cooking? If it's actually working maybe your thermometer is off.
I made one a few years ago and mine didn't "work" at all. In the hot summer with the largest BTU hot plate I could find I could not get a whisper of smoke from the chips no matter how I put them in there.