Originally Posted by DodginBUIs
my last few smokes i have gotten a flare up in the wood chip box which has caused a ton of undesireable thick smoke. i caught it quickly both times and vented the cabinet so the food wouldnt take any creosote or off flavors and it was fine, but i was wondering if there are any ways to reduce flare ups in the iron wood chip box.
i have a vertical propane smoker and use wood chips soaked in water for around 30mins or so first. i am a new smoker and never had this problem during my first several smokes. any suggestions?
Chunks will work better than chips for one thing. the other thing I do, is actually put the chunks on top of the smoker box (with cover on). I found that the box sitting directly on the flame is too hot. For me the ash seems to fall though the slits in the box lid well enough. You could also get a cast iron skillet and put on top of the box (with or without lid).
Also after years of soaking I've came to the conclusion that it really doesn't do much. It may slow things down a bit, but it also delays the smoke, and once they dry out they act just like they were never soaked to begin with and can catch fire if to close to direct heat.