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Brinkmann Gourmet Electric Smoker

This Brinkmann 15-1/2 in. Electric Gourmet Smoker is a combination smoker and electric grill and features a high-gloss red finish. The smoker has durable, chrome-plated steel components and can cook up to 50 lb. of meat at once. A front-hinged door provides easy access, and the smoker features a separate base pan to easily convert to an electric grill.
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how many racks for cooking are with the smoker and does it come with the container to hold the woodchips and water?

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March 16, 2012
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answer 1
Asked by
BrinkmannSupport
March 16, 2012
The unit comes with two 15 1/2 cooking grates and one 13 1/2 water pan.
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answer 2
Asked by
gorednknot
Douglasville, GA, USA
June 15, 2012
There are two racks. You can cook quite a bit of food. I do a large turkey AND ham every year at Thanksgiving. There is one water pan, but no chip box. You can purchase one separately, but I just soak the chips and throw them in the bottom. Works great.
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answer 3
Asked by
BeefMaster
Park City, KY, USA
April 17, 2012
The smoker has two racks and a removable water/ drip pan. The wood chips are placed in the bottom near the electric element on a bed of lava rocks.
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answer 4
Asked by
jwcurnalia
May 29, 2012
Two racks, water bowl, but no smoker box. The wood chips sit near heating element (works best if wrapped in a little foil).
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answer 5
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BurtonResident01
Burton, TX, USA
October 23, 2012
Sandy,

The are two racks (top and bottom). There is no container for chips because you're supposed to place chips directly of lava stones.
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answer 6
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JudyP
Gainesville, VA
March 20, 2012
2 racks and yes, it comes with the internal pan for woodchips and water - be sure to check it over for dents and missing paint!
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answer 7
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riley
Georgia
December 30, 2012
2 racks and water pan. but i bought a cast iron smoker box at HD to put on the element.
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answer 8
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riley
Georgia
December 30, 2012
2 racks and no box but i got a smoker box at the HD.
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answer 9
Asked by
Rayna
March 21, 2012
there are 2 racks, each rack will easily hold 2 whole chickens. The water goes in a large bowl which is included.. the wood CHUNKS go in the bottom pan on top of the lava rock. You dont want to use chips.
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answer 10
Asked by
RCinMA
May 31, 2012
2 racks for for woodchips and water container included. No tray for wood chips just use aluminum foil
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answer 11
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TexasGreatGrandpaw
West Florida, USA
November 23, 2012
There are two racks and a water pan. The chips go in the burner pan on top of the lava rocks. No separate pan is provided.
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Is the smoker section electric or just the grill

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answer 1
Asked by
BBQLover
January 5, 2012
The smoker is heated by and electric heating element in the bottom. Above the heating element is a water dish, then the lower rack for meat and then an upper rack for meat. You can however remove the whole center section of the smoker and put one of the grills on the bottom above the heating element and use as a grill.
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answer 2
Asked by
BrinkmannSupport
December 9, 2011
The unit comes with a 1500 watt element which sits in the base pan above the lava rocks. The base pan heats up the body or can be used as a waist high grill when stationed on top of it.
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answer 3
Asked by
joeski
NJ
December 13, 2011
The heating element is to be used for both the grill and the smoker configurations. This product is not for charcoal as there is a hole in the base for the power cord. Charcoal embers could fall through that opening.
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answer 4
Asked by
MLSBG
Chicago, IL, USA
December 28, 2011
The heating element, which both provides the heat and causes the wood to smoke, is electric. So in the bottom you have the electric heating element, then the water/drip pan, then the first grate and finally the last grate.
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answer 5
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BeefMaster
Park City, KY, USA
April 17, 2012
It is converted from a smoker to a grill by moving the electric burner section (the whole bottom section) from the bottom of the unit, to the top of the unit, just under the lid.
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answer 6
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TexasGreatGrandpaw
West Florida, USA
November 23, 2012
The smoker consists of a bottom burner pan with an electric heating element. On top of that goes the body with two racks then a domed top. The burner pan is a combination burner and smoker. The chips go right into the burner pan to make the smoke. This is pretty common on electric smokers. some have a separate chip holder and some have an adjustable heating element. This one does not. It's a bare bones smoker, but it does the job especially for the money.
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answer 7
Asked by
Fishingman
Bow, WA, USA
March 6, 2012
This unit is 100% electric.
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answer 8
Asked by
PracticalGirl
Winchester, IN 47394, USA
December 20, 2011
There's a heating element in the bottom. No grill heat. The element is replaceable. You won't be able to grill on this. It doesn't get that hot.
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answer 9
Asked by
Torezar
Dallas, TX, USA
December 27, 2011
Both modes are electric (no charcoal needed).
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answer 10
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PChief
February 21, 2012
It is only electric
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answer 11
Asked by
gorednknot
Douglasville, GA, USA
June 15, 2012
It's all electric - one element in the bottom section is used for both the smoker and grill.
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does this unit have heat control?

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victorville ca
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January 6, 2012
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answer 1
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BeefMaster
Park City, KY, USA
April 17, 2012
No heat control...the heating element is a constant 1500-Watts ....around 250 deg.F
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answer 2
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Pete
Pennsylvania, USA
February 8, 2012
No, but you can fill the water bowl up with a lot of water and even ICE to regulate cooking temp. As long as you don't cook on a 100 degree day you'll be ok.
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answer 3
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Fishingman
Bow, WA, USA
March 6, 2012
The unit does not have a heat control. None needed if installed correctly, it stays at about 250 degrees but make sure the heating element is on top of the lava rock.
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answer 4
Asked by
BrinkmannSupport
January 9, 2012
This unit comes with a single 1500 watt element and has no heat control.
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answer 5
Asked by
JudyP
Gainesville, VA
March 20, 2012
no
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answer 6
Asked by
riley
Georgia
December 30, 2012
no thermostat control
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answer 7
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gorednknot
Douglasville, GA, USA
June 15, 2012
Unfortunately not, but I have yet to overcook anything or burn it. The drawback is in the grill function. That's where heat control would really be useful. Still, I use the grill all the time (tonight, in fact, I'll be using it to make chicken satay) and though it takes longer to cook than a charcoal grill, it works fine.
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answer 8
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TexasGreatGrandpaw
West Florida, USA
November 23, 2012
No. It plugs directly into the 110 receptacle. No adjustment, but read my review it's not really necessary if you follow my guides

It's a serious deficiency, but it keeps the cost down.
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answer 9
Asked by
Ken2
Fort Myers, FL, USA
April 6, 2013
Heat control is determined by cook and covering kettle.
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answer 10
Asked by
PChief
February 21, 2012
No
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answer 11
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Phinol
Indiana, USA
February 21, 2012
No
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when would you use the water pan?

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May 30, 2012
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answer 1
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RCinMA
MA
May 31, 2012
Just about all the time when smoking. Keeps the food moist
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answer 2
Asked by
Thor
June 23, 2012
You would use the water pan when cooking for long periods of time. It prevents your ribs, roasts, birds from turning into jerky. A manual is included that gives details on how long to cook a variety of items, and if you need to use water.
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answer 3
Asked by
Scottccb
June 24, 2012
Always while smoking. Heat water in advance
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answer 4
Asked by
BrinkmannSupport
May 31, 2012
The water pan would be used when using your unit as a smoker.
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answer 5
Asked by
gorednknot
Douglasville, GA, USA
June 15, 2012
Pretty much all the time to keep the meat from drying out. I use apple juice or orange juice in the pan - it adds extra flavor.
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answer 6
Asked by
BurtonResident01
Burton, TX, USA
October 23, 2012
Rockox,

You have to use water pan fille with water each time you smoke.
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answer 7
Asked by
riley
Georgia
December 30, 2012
i use sand instead of water. works better but you can use either one.
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answer 8
Asked by
claybustr
Indianapolis
June 26, 2012
I use the water pan every time and keep it full. Otherwise I've noticed the temp gets too high.
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answer 9
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TexasGreatGrandpaw
West Florida, USA
November 23, 2012
The water pan is used to keep moisture in what you are cooking. I use it everytime. It's not necessary for everything, but most of the drippings from fat will land in the water and that makes it a lot easier on the cleaning crew. Much better than burned on fat.
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answer 10
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Ken2
Fort Myers, FL, USA
April 6, 2013
Every time I cook, the fire always below unless you want faster cook times, which is not good smokin'
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answer 11
Asked by
Strawny49
Dayton, OH, USA
August 27, 2013
Every time you are smoking something. Fill it to about one inch from the top.
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What is the length of the electric cord.

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Brian
Hodgen, OK
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February 2, 2012
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answer 1
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BrinkmannSupport
February 6, 2012
The cord is approximately five feet.
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answer 2
Asked by
Pete
Pennsylvania, USA
February 8, 2012
5-6 feet
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answer 3
Asked by
BeefMaster
Park City, KY, USA
April 17, 2012
About 5 feet....
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answer 4
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gorednknot
Douglasville, GA, USA
June 15, 2012
Just a bit over 5ft, but I have used a good heavy duty 8ft extension cord with no problems.
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answer 5
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Ken2
Fort Myers, FL, USA
April 6, 2013
About 7'. I use a good no. 12 ...100' cord sometimes further away.
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answer 6
Asked by
Fishingman
Bow, WA, USA
March 6, 2012
Chord length is about 6 feet
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answer 7
Asked by
BurtonResident01
Burton, TX, USA
October 23, 2012
Brian,

The length of electric cord is minimal. Maybe 20 inches...
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answer 8
Asked by
riley
Georgia
December 30, 2012
4ft
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answer 9
Asked by
PChief
Alachua, FL, USA
February 21, 2012
About 6 feet
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answer 10
Asked by
clay
North Ridgeville, OH, USA
February 20, 2012
12 guauge and 25 foot long
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How often do you need to refill the wood chips?

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January 30, 2013
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answer 1
Asked by
BrinkmannSupport
January 31, 2013
As stated in the manual wood chunks or sticks 3" to 4" long and 2" to 1" thick work best. Unless
the wood is still green, soak the wood in water for 20 minutes or wrap each piece in foil and tear several small holes in the foil to produce more smoke and prevent the wood from burning too quickly. A lot of wood is not required to obtain a good smoke flavor. A recommended amount is 3-4 wood chunks or sticks. Additional flavoring wood should not have to be added during the cooking process, however, it may be necessary when cooking very large pieces of meat. Follow the instructions and cautions in the manual to avoid injury while adding wood.

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answer 2
Asked by
Hickstr
June 18, 2013
Use the larger pieces of wood. They lasted about 6 hours. Chips burn up in just a couple of hours.
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answer 3
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BurtonResident01
Burton, TX, USA
January 31, 2013
You can use wood chips or larger chunks. If you soak the wood, it'll last much longer. Also, the larger chunks last pretty much the whole smoking time. I don't like too much smoke flavor, so I just put 2 larger chunks of wood on lava stone (not on heating element) and they last about 8 hours.
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answer 4
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AngryBeaver
Grayling, MI 49738, USA
March 27, 2013
I usually add wood chips once every 2-3hrs or so... wood chunks last much longer and if you soak them in water for 15-20mins prior to smoking, they wont catch fire and burn up quickly.
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answer 5
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TexasGreatGrandpaw
West Florida, USA
January 31, 2013
That's a good question. There are a lot of variables. How much smoke do you want. What kind of smoking are you doing. What kind of wood are you using.How much are you putting in.Two cups of medium size hickory chips soaked for 30 minutes in water prior to putting in will last about forty minutes. Hickory produces a harsh smoke and forty minutes of smoke would give a side of ribs a mild smoky flavor. Replenish once and the flavor will increase. Chunks will last longer than chips. Depending upon the outside temperature, In 90 degrees you will probably take four hours for the meat to cook. Cooler outside temperatures will take longer. If you use cherry or apple, the smoky flavor is different and a little milder than hickory. I don't smoke during the entire cooking time, just at the start and usually one refill. I use apple mostly ,but the harsher smoke is good on pork and not on fish to my taste. Watch your cooking temp. i insulated the outside of the unit and my temperatures are somewhat hotter than an uninsulated smoker.

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answer 6
Asked by
diyer
Arkansas
January 31, 2013
Once we put the soaked woodchips in the basin we don't usually refill them.
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answer 7
Asked by
BBBB
January 31, 2013
About every two to three hours, depending on taste and length of cook time
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answer 8
Asked by
bluerbbn
Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA
February 11, 2013
Only every couple of hours if you (1) use larger wood chunks instead of chips and (2) you presoak them for an hour or so before you put them in. Both chunks and chips are generally available and you can presoak them while you are getting the meat and other things ready. I also like to put some liquid smoke and/or apple or other juice in the water plan. It's an easy way to add a little extra flavoring, if you want.
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answer 9
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Ken2
Fort Myers, FL, USA
April 6, 2013
Each time....chips smoke more but do not last long enough for meat penetration in the cooking process Some big chunks last and can be reused but only once again. Afterall, who wants to burn their hand?
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answer 10
Asked by
vtRobo
Williston, Vermont
June 14, 2014
If you wrap them in foil and pre-soak them I replace about every 3 hours.
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Can I get a new book on cooking times for this grill?

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Gnat
Geneseo, Il
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November 16, 2013
Lost cooking time Book
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answer 1
Asked by
THDCustomerSupport
Kennesaw, GA
November 18, 2013
Thank you for your recent inquiry with The Home Depot. I believe it would be best to reach out to the manufacturer for assistance. The manufacturer is Brinkmann and their customer service department can be reached at 1-800-468-5252.
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answer 2
Asked by
BrinkmannSupport
November 18, 2013
Please contact our customer service department at 1-800-527-0717 for assistance with your inquiry.

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answer 3
Asked by
Matt
Dallas, TX, USA
December 17, 2013
Gnat, do you still need the copy? I can scan it and upload to this site perhaps. - Matt, Dallas
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answer 4
Asked by
skinny
Asheville, NC, USA
March 4, 2014
Yes just go online and print it out
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answer 5
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vtRobo
Williston, Vermont
June 14, 2014
I wouldn't bother. Cooking times should be based on your meat temp and this smoker is a pretty consistent temp from about 175-190F
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what is the door size? from the picture it looks small.

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February 28, 2013
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answer 1
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AngryBeaver
Grayling, MI 49738, USA
March 27, 2013
It's fairly small.. about 8x10 or so.. its also pretty much useless.. its very hard to put chips in the smoker thru the door.
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answer 2
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Hickstr
June 18, 2013
The door is about 5inches by 8. pretty useless. You can smell if the wood is still smoking so there is no need to look in through the door. I ran mine for almost 8 hours and still had half the water pan left. not that you could fill it through the door anyway.
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answer 3
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Ken2
Fort Myers, FL, USA
April 6, 2013
Big enough for a large hand plus wood chunk. Hint, put enough chunks between coil loops to avoid adding.
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answer 4
Asked by
djdnb
Stillwater, OK, USA
May 4, 2013
approximately 7X10
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answer 5
Asked by
BrinkmannSupport
March 1, 2013
The door is 8 3/4 inches in height and 5 1/4 inches in width.

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answer 6
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GK51
Alabama
March 7, 2013
5" wide& 81/4 long you have access to to the burner element and the pan without taking the cover off and losing heat and smoke
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answer 7
Asked by
TexasGreatGrandpaw
West Florida, USA
March 12, 2013
The door is pretty small, but large enough to add chips and water.

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answer 8
Asked by
WECoyote
Texas, USA
January 10, 2014
It's not really that small, about 8x5 I think. It was plenty adequate to allow you to put your hand in to add more chips and check on things.
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answer 9
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vtRobo
Williston, Vermont
June 14, 2014
It's small. About 4" wide x 8" high
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can you use wood chips instead of charcoal to use as smoker

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Moose
Greenville Pa
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September 22, 2012
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answer 1
Asked by
BrinkmannSupport
September 24, 2012
For this electric unit wood chips can be used inside the lava rock pan. These need to be spread around the element or if you have a smoker box then place it on top of the element.
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TexasGreatGrandpaw
West Florida, USA
December 26, 2012
By all means, pre=wet the chips and put them right next to the burner on the bottom. I never use charcoal since I don't want smoke the whole time. Keep the chips away from the electric element.
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answer 3
Asked by
Vickie
January 8, 2013
Yes and you can use marinade in the water pan for enhanced flavor
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answer 4
Asked by
ArtieV
Twin Lakes, Colorado
September 24, 2012
I use wood chips exclusively in my smoker. Home depot has wood chips for sale online and
in their stores.
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answer 5
Asked by
riley
Georgia
December 30, 2012
yes
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answer 6
Asked by
Mainger
Stone Mountain, GA
January 8, 2013
Hello, this is an electric smoker, so you don't use charcoal.
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answer 7
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djdnb
Stillwater, OK, USA
May 4, 2013
wood ships would be needed to produce smoke, this unit is electric powered.
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answer 8
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Gracie
Monroeville, PA, USA
May 21, 2013
You don't use charcoal.....it comes with lava rocks that the electric element sits on..
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answer 9
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Ken2
Fort Myers, FL, USA
April 6, 2013
Not well suited for chip burning unless element is removed. Mix both on top of lava rocks.
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Can I get a replacement burner at The Home Depot for this product?

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CJK
Mundy Township, MI
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January 21, 2012
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Asked by
BrinkmannSupport
January 23, 2012
A replacement heating element can be purchased direct from Brinkmann. Please call customer service at 1-800-527-0717 for assistance.
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answer 2
Asked by
BurtonResident01
Burton, TX, USA
October 23, 2012
CJK,

I am not sure if Home Depot sells the repalcement burner. But when I purchased my smoker, it stated in the manual that they sell the replacement burners and other parts.
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answer 3
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gorednknot
Douglasville, GA, USA
June 15, 2012
I don't believe so, at least that I have seen. Mine came with information on how to reorder one (as well as racks and water pans) from Brinkman. I had one of these smokers years ago and had it for several years with no issues (had to get rid of it when I moved, otherwise I'd still have it). The one I have now is still working well.
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answer 4
Asked by
diyer
Arkansas
December 26, 2012
you will probably have to use their on line ordering.
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answer 5
Asked by
Pete
Pennsylvania, USA
February 8, 2012
To the best of my knowlege, no. The company is the go-to for that.
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answer 6
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TexasGreatGrandpaw
West Florida, USA
November 23, 2012
You can get one from the manufacturer.
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answer 7
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Ken2
Fort Myers, FL, USA
April 6, 2013
Yes, but it has to be the same type.
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does this unit have a temperature gauge?

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December 24, 2012
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Asked by
mmb191
February 20, 2013
No, it does not. I recommend buying a temperature gauge you can place in the unit while it is being used, that has a wired external display that can be placed outside the unit. Any type of drilling into the smoker body itself would likely increase chances of rusting.
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answer 2
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AngryBeaver
Grayling, MI 49738, USA
March 27, 2013
No, but for 10$ you can buy one at Home Depot and install it very easy...
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answer 3
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TexasGreatGrandpaw
West Florida, USA
December 26, 2012
No.At least not on the one I bought.

I use a standard meat thermometer in a small hole drilled into the lid. The temperature is greater on the lower part. The unit couldn't get up past 220, so I put some pipe insulation from Home Depot around the bottom, now It can get up to 350 easily. You can also get a bolt on replacement thermometer from Brinkeman that they use on their other products
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answer 4
Asked by
Kuzzrick
Florence, KY, USA
December 26, 2012
No temperature gauge. It is either on or off. about 225 degrees.
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diyer
Arkansas
December 26, 2012
Not one on board, but one can be bought and installed from HD.
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riley
Georgia
December 30, 2012
no, but i installed a couple of them. easy to do
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BurtonResident01
Burton, TX, USA
February 27, 2013
No, this model does not have a temp. gauge.
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BrinkmannSupport
December 26, 2012
As advertised this unit does not come with a heat thermometer. The unit however does come with a 1500 watt heating element which can reach temperatures between 200 to 250. Now to reach these temperatures would consists of how well the unit is isolated from cold weather,strong winds and having it plugged directly into an outside outlet without the use of an extension cord.

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BBBB
December 26, 2012
No sir it dosn't, I purchased a thermometer for a bbq grill for about $10.00 and installed it in the dood, works great.
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ArtieV
Twin Lakes, Colorado
December 26, 2012
Rob, There is no temperature gauge.
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Ken2
Fort Myers, FL, USA
April 6, 2013
No external gauge needed. Some good thermometers have cooking times on them so keep time on your watch....plus 15minutes for the initial warm up period.
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What was the reason for sand or lava rock?

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mmb191
February 20, 2013
The lava rocks help distribute and hold the heat. While the setup of the electric element would allow for decent distribution of heat, the lava rocks simply do it better. Also, if for any reason you must remove the top pieces, such as adding wood chips or water, the lava rocks or sand would retain the heat much better than without.
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Ken2
Fort Myers, FL, USA
April 6, 2013
Lava rock is porus and holds heat longer evenly. I would not use sand for obvious reasons.
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February 18, 2013
The lava rock lifts the electric element off the bottom of the smoker and provides some insulation so the heat does not overheat the bottom.

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BurtonResident01
Burton, TX, USA
February 27, 2013
The heating element sits on the lava rocks. Also, if water or juices from the pan spill over, the lava rocks absorb it without making a mess.
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AngryBeaver
Grayling, MI 49738, USA
March 27, 2013
To help distribute the heat evenly.
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Hickstr
June 18, 2013
It helps distribute the heat from the element through the wood.
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TexasGreatGrandpaw
West Florida, USA
March 12, 2013
There are two reasons, insulate the bottom and catch the drippings that miss the water pan.

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fishlegs
nederland texas
November 9, 2013
It disperses and holds the heat for a more uniform temperature. And yes, you do need it. When I bought my electric smoker it was a floor model, the last in the store. I did not know anything about lava rocks, and mine did not have any included. I could not figure out why I couldn't get the smoker hot enough... after an hour the pack of wood chips were not smoking. I thought the element was bad..but I Googled and found that I was missing the lava rocks. I bought some from a garden center and now everything works fine.
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jeffnorris
brigham city utah
December 28, 2013
The lava or sand or cement bbq rocks. Is used for for many reasons.

Drips will hit the lava rocks and not just the heating element directly. Same as your BBQ using java or cement BBQ bricks

second is to even out the heat. Also lava rocks don't conduct heat you avoid hot-spots from the red hot heating element and if java rocks cover the element slightly you can lower the over all temp, and cook at a slower heat for a longer period of time.
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WECoyote
Texas, USA
January 10, 2014
It holds the heat, so sort of like cooking over coals.
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MrAwesome
Chicago
January 12, 2014
To evenly distribute and maintain heat from the electric element.
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Can you take out heating element and use Charcoal instead?

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February 27, 2013
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TexasGreatGrandpaw
West Florida, USA
March 12, 2013
Yes you can removed the heating element easily and put in charcoal instead. I would suggest that you use aluminum foil to line the bottom. You will still scorch the paint, but not as much.

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David
Memphis, TN, USA
June 9, 2013
No Your best bet here is to buy the charcoal smoker. If you want to make it electric later, there is a special heating for it.
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BurtonResident01
Burton, TX, USA
February 27, 2013
Yes, the heating element is easily removed. Also, when I go my smoker - there were different instructions in the booklet for a charcoal model. But I am not sure if it's convenient to use with charcoal because the door is kind of on a small side. And you'll have to literally get down on the floor since the door is positioned so low. My understanding is that this smoker has to stay on the ground. But his smoker works perfectly with heating element and the cooking time is much shorter. Hope this helps.
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February 28, 2013
You can purchase parts so that charcoal can be used in this unit. Please contact our customer service department at 1-800-527-0717 for assistance.

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AngryBeaver
Grayling, MI 49738, USA
March 27, 2013
You could, but why not just buy the same model without the burner and save $30.00
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GK51
Alabama
March 7, 2013
you could if you wanted to but why?
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Ken2
Fort Myers, FL, USA
April 6, 2013
Absolutely not, you run the risk of burning meats. Better...add small amounts in blizzards?
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Strawny49
Dayton, OH, USA
August 27, 2013
The heating element is easy to remove. I prefer to use the electric as you always have good heat and don't have to worry about walking away from the smoker & it burning out.
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fishlegs
nederland texas
November 9, 2013
Yes, you can take the electric element out very easily.. and I do not see why you could not use charcoal in the base..just replace the lava rock with your charcoal. There will be a hole, about 1 1/2" diameter where the heating element cord comes out.. should be good for air control, might have to attach a piece of tin or aluminum, cut a little circle out of a beer can and fix it so you can open or close the hole as needed. And get a heat thermometer.. this grill does not have one in the lid
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jeffnorris
brigham city utah
December 28, 2013
You could use charcoal with a few modifications.

No vent holes to control the heat in the lid or the side for combustion aire.
You could open the door a bit for heat control.
Then drill some holes in the to side of the bottom pan on both size 6 to 6 1/4 inches holes to get air over your coals.
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vtRobo
Williston, Vermont
June 14, 2014
Potentially but I would just by the charcoal version of this which is about $40 cheaper.
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Shouldn't smoke be coming out of the smoker ?

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west des moines ia
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September 14, 2012
i've smoked meat twice now and there is absolutly no smoke, the meat is good but it seems that it should be smoking since it' a smoker
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Strawny49
Dayton, OH, USA
August 27, 2013
Yes, you should be getting a lot of smoke. I would say that you are not using enough wood chips. Try using small aluminum loaf pans filled with wood chips & covered with foil. Put two or three slits in the foil & place the pans with the burner, you should get plenty of smoke!
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riley
Georgia
December 30, 2012
yes thats why i switched to chuncks vs chips and bought a cast iron smoker box. the chuncks last alot longer and i dont soak them in water.
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BrinkmannSupport
September 14, 2012
Please remember to place flavoring wood on lava rock near the electric element or in a smoker box on top of the element. Also try using dry wood chunks or chips instead of soaked ones.
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BurtonResident01
Burton, TX, USA
September 18, 2012
Hello Christi,
Have you put the wood chips inside? Because this it what produces smoke. The chips or chunk of wood are sold everywhere. Hickory is my favorite flavor. If you soak them in a water, they last longer but in any case I think wood chips have to be added each hour of smoking (through the small door in the lower part on the smoker).
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GK51
Alabama
December 18, 2012
Soak your wood chips for at least 4-5 hours place in between the element and it should start to smoke in about 10 or so mins after plugging it in after you have put the chips by the burner
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djdnb
Stillwater, OK, USA
May 4, 2013
you will need to add wood chips to a pan and place on the element to heat them.
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answer 7
Asked by
lostnfound333
September 18, 2012
When using this unit make sure to soak your wood chunks/chip in warm water for at least 30 minutes prior to placing on the lava rocks. Also make sure to fill the water bowl to ensure moisture which assists with the smoking process. Wood chunks/chips can also be placed in foil and holes poked through the top and placed on the electric unit which aides in the smoking process. Keep meat spaced apart to allow for air flow as well.
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BBBB
September 20, 2012
Make sure your heating element is on top of the rocks, try putting a foil broiler pan directly on element and place wood towards the end curves of the element directly above element
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TexasGreatGrandpaw
West Florida, USA
November 23, 2012
Make sure you soak your wood chips at least for thirty minutes prior to putting them in the smoker. If you are getting zero smoke either you are not putting the chips close enough to the burner element or you are putting them in wrong place. Some have put them in the water pan. If you never got any smoke than that would be the problem. If the smoke just didn't last very long then you need to put in a lot more chips. Check the area around the burner for ashes if you don't find any, the chips are not close enough or not even in the burner tray. If you find ashes, then you need to add chips about every hour or to depending upon how much smoke flavor you like.
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nunya
December 16, 2012
are you soaking the wood chips? where are you putting the wood chips?
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Ken2
Fort Myers, FL, USA
April 6, 2013
Buy some wood chunks and put between coil loops. Less smoke when covered and better penetration to meats.
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Can the temperature be adjusted for slow smoking of fish?

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Rick_H
Raleigh NC
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July 26, 2013
I have had two Big Chief Smokers and loved them both, but I would like to use something that uses conventional wood chips.
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July 29, 2013
If you lift the smoker body to allow more air into the smoker, the temperature will drop. You would have to use some type of spacer (bricks, etc.).

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Tzman
Missouri
July 28, 2013
No way to regulate the temps other then lowering your pan water temps. I do salmon all the time takes approx. 2 hours or less just until flakes easily.
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HaNaFi
Las Vegas, NV
December 2, 2013
There are no temperature settings. When you plug it in, the heating coil stays at a constant temperature.
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Fishingman
Bow, WA, USA
May 27, 2014
There is no temperature adjustment. This unit works great but I would say that it is a fairly slow "hot" smoker. Cold smoking requires a different type of unit.
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Honkwomp
June 3, 2014
This grill works very well with chunks of wood sold at Home Depot. It does not have a thermostat, so you will have to manually control the temperature.

Based on my experience, you can get as intense or subtle of a smoke flavor as you want by merely adjusting the number of chunk of wood you set next to the heating element
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Dean
Florence, AL, USA
July 30, 2013
There are many models that do have adjustable temperature settings. However, the model I have the gourmet by brinkmen is not adjustable. Mine is the 79.00 model. The adjustable temperature models will cost you significantly more. The next one up from mine was 179.00. I just wasn't sure if I would use a smoker enough to justify the extra cost.
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Strawny49
Dayton, OH, USA
August 27, 2013
I use wood chips. I bought several small aluminum loaf pans & I fill them with the wood chips. I cover them with foil & cut slits in the foil. I then place them in the smoker next to the heating coil. I use three at a time. Plug in the power & allow the smoker to come up to temp & the chips start smoking. Then place your meet on the racks. if I need more smoke during the smoking process I open the side door & remove the pans with my tongs & replace them with more loaded pans. This allows for you to have smoke thru-out the whole process.
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Matt
Dallas, TX, USA
December 17, 2013
What about placing heavy alum foil under fish and offsetting the lid an inch or two during smoking to let our more heat, less convection? Not sure the target temp on that. 175-200?
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answer 9
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jeffnorris
brigham city utah
December 28, 2013
no temp control. The element will get the smoker to 200F give or take depending on the outside temperature . fill the water bowl with cold water and use more lava rocks to drop the over all temperature down. Even at 180f that is slow cooking as well..
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MrAwesome
Chicago
January 12, 2014
No, it cannot. The unit has one setting, on or off. You will have to get creative to control the temperature. Two different heating elements on my unit would not go above 150 degrees, so for fish you may be in luck.
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vtRobo
Williston, Vermont
June 14, 2014
No. It's a fixed time and around 170-190F (contrary to the manual saying 250.
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How hot does this smoker get

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VA
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January 21, 2013
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Gracie
Monroeville, PA, USA
May 21, 2013
It is supposed to get about 225 - 250.
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BrinkmannSupport
January 22, 2013
The unit uses a 1500 watt element which normally can reach a temperature of 300 degrees under normal conditions. The electric smoker does a very good job of smoking meat as designed. With meat in the smoker and water in the water pan, the smoking temperature is about perfect. The temperature can vary quite a bit depending on outdoor conditions (temperature, in the sun, wind, etc.).

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BurtonResident01
Burton, TX, USA
February 27, 2013
It get below 250 degrees F. But I don't remember exact number. Also, it depends on how warm or cold it is outside that day.
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AngryBeaver
Grayling, MI 49738, USA
March 27, 2013
Mine will not get any hotter than 155F. In the winter it only gets up to 110F.
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bluerbbn
Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA
February 11, 2013
If you're asking about surface temperature, very hot. Be careful and keep kids away. If you're asking about cooking temperature, it's about the same as your oven, 250-350 or so depending on how often and how long you have the lid off. It will cook most things in about the same time as in your oven. The important thing is to always use a meat thermometer to make sure things are adequately done! The great thing about this smoker/cooker is that, as long as you keep water in the water pan, it's hard to overcook things. If in doubt, just leave it in a little longer and recheck the temperature to make sure it's done!
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Ken2
Fort Myers, FL, USA
April 6, 2013
Anywhere from 250 to around 400 depending on type of insulation you use on entire kettle.
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vtRobo
Williston, Vermont
June 14, 2014
175-190F (contrary to the manual stating a flat 250F). I added a probe thermometer to the lid.
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Where do you sit the smoker box, on the heat element or on the lava rocks? I bought one separate.

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May 28, 2014
The smoker box can sit right on top of the heating element.

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BBBB
Bakersfield Ca
May 28, 2014
Try to set it just above the heat element use lava rocks to hold it up, also try soaking half the wood you plan on using you will get a longer smoke
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Fishingman
Bow, WA, USA
May 27, 2014
The smoker box sits on the base which has the heating elements and the lava rocks in it.
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Honkwomp
June 3, 2014
This unit is not really designed for a smoker box. You really do not need one. With these sized chunks
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Weber-Firespice-Pecan-Wood-Chunks-5-lbs-17003/202014999 readily available at Home Depot, a smoker box is unnecessary.

Just soak the chunks in water for about 20 minutes, and then add one for light smoke or several for intense smoke. Just set them next to, but not on the element

The MFR recommends that nothing be set directly on the element, so, if you had to use one, you would want to position in a way that kept it out of direct contact with the elements
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vtRobo
Williston, Vermont
June 14, 2014
The box goes on top of the container that holds the lava rocks and heating element. There is a lip on the lower container and the smoker tube is slightly smaller
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Dave
Chicago
June 14, 2014
I placed a foil packet of wood chips on top of the heat element, so I would do that. Put it on top of the element.
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Jake
Oklahoma, USA
June 10, 2014
On the lava rocks, wrapped in aluminum foil with small holes in foil.
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is there anyway to use gas or propane and then switch back to electric or both at the same time

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July 27, 2013
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July 29, 2013
The unit is only design to work as an electric smoker and can not be modified.

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Strawny49
Dayton, OH, USA
August 27, 2013
No
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Tzman
Missouri
July 28, 2013
You would have to go talk to your local propane service people first,

But why would you want to?
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vtRobo
Williston, Vermont
June 14, 2014
No. It's purely electric with lava rocks or potentially could be converted to charcoal. No real easy way to convert to gas.
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can you use this indoors?

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December 22, 2011
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Pete
February 8, 2012
No............it gets very hot and emits a large degree of smoke. It should be outside and at least 5 feet from the structure or anything else that could catch fire.
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BrinkmannSupport
December 22, 2011
This smoker is to be used outdoors only.
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Asked by
BBQLover
January 5, 2012
No It's for outdoor use only
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Fishingman
Bow, WA, USA
March 6, 2012
This unit is designed for OUTDOOR use only. You would smoke yourself out if used indoors.
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Asked by
bill
Castaic, CA 91384, USA
December 27, 2011
No, it's never a good idea to use any kind of grill indoors.
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Torezar
Dallas, TX, USA
December 27, 2011
No. This is strictly an outdoor product.
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MLSBG
Chicago, IL, USA
December 28, 2011
no - think of this like a BBQ grill
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PChief
February 21, 2012
I would never use this indoors.
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Phinol
Indiana, USA
February 21, 2012
No
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BeefMaster
Park City, KY, USA
April 17, 2012
No...it needs ventilation and a solid level surface. Also, a good clearance of 5 feet around anything flammable is a good rule.
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gorednknot
Douglasville, GA, USA
June 15, 2012
You can, but you will be constantly changing the batteries in your smoke alarm!! That's a joke - I would not use it indoors - after all, it is indeed a "smoker."
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I ask about using wood chips instead of charcol. you gave no answer. So I'll try again.

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moose
greenville pa
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September 23, 2012
Can I use woodchips in this smoker instead pf charcoal?
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BurtonResident01
Burton, TX, USA
October 23, 2012
Hello Moose,

If you purchased electric version, then yes, you're supposed to use wood chips (or larger chunks of wood). The smoker comes with lava stones, so you place wood chips on top of lava stones and away from (not directly on electric element).

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BrinkmannSupport
September 24, 2012
For this electric unit you can use wood chips in the lava rock pan. The chips have to be placed around the element or if you have a smoker box then place it on top of the element.
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GK51
Alabama
December 18, 2012
I have just put the wood chips in between the burner element they will just burn out with no damage to the lava rock Do make sure you have lava rock under the element
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diyer
Arkansas
December 26, 2012
this unit is designed to use woodchips. Don't know if i would use charcoal in it because of the electrical device.
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riley
Georgia
December 30, 2012
yes, chips or chuncks
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Michael
Hodgenville, KY 42748, USA
January 15, 2013
As it is electric no charcoal is needed. Soaked wood chips would be best.
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happygirl123
September 28, 2012
If it is the electric one you use the lava rocks with a few wood chunks on top.
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TexasGreatGrandpaw
West Florida, USA
November 23, 2012
Yes you would normally use wood chips, like hickory, apple or mesquite. Soak the chips for at least thirty minutes before putting them in the burner pan. Keep them away from the burner element so they don't catch fire. Add chips about every hour if needed.
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BBBB
December 26, 2012
If you have the electric model wood chips will work great
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ArtieV
Twin Lakes, Colorado
December 26, 2012
Absolutely
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mmb191
February 20, 2013
This is an electric smoker so you should definitely be using wood chips in the tray and not charcoal. There is a similar model that uses charcoal, but with that you should also be using wood chips to use the unit as a true "smoker", other wise it is essentially being used as a grill or oven.
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