Can I place a metal wood chip box next to the heating element on a Brinkmann electric grill/smoker and get the same effect as placing wood chips on top of the lava rocks, near the heating element?
I used 2 "grill stones", grill cleaning stones, placed between the heating element, sat the cheap, small loaf pan filled with chips on the stones. That gives about an 1 1/2 inch clearance from the heat.
Smoker Box for Brinkmann Gourmet
Here is how I solved the smoker box problem.I went to the building supply place and bought 4 electrical knock out boxes,about 2.00 each.These are about 4 inches long and 2 inches deep so they fit between the electric element perfectly and sit on top of the lava rock.I wrapped them in tinfoil,pierced some of the smaller holes for air flow and added my presoaked chips.Worked like a charm.A little slow to catch so I added a couple of cups of presoaked right over the rocks to get er going.Once the boxes started they gave me smoke for well over 3 hours.
You can tweak the air flow by knocking out a couple of Slugs(about the size of a dime)in the box wherever you feel it might help.
These boxes are galvanized steel so I would preheat them much as you would when you first cure the new smoker,without any food.Any nasty stuff will likely burn off,they seem to have a slight coating which I washed off with soapy water before use.
Next time I'm going to add about 1/4 dry chips and 3/4 soaked so they ignite a little quicker.
Used Lava Rocks
The Brinkmann electric smoker came with small pebble lava rocks. I used larger lava rocks placed around the outside and in the middle of the coils. These larger lava rocks raised the Weber cast iron smoker box up almost an inch above the element.
It worked. The very small pieces of hickory wood burnt completely up. Some of the larger chunks ended up like charcoal.
here's what i did
I took a wire hanger. not coated with anything. i ran 2 pieces in a cross formation and screwed it to the lip of the bottom pan of the smoker, just above the element. and that allows me to set the wood chip box about 4 inches above the element. this has worked great and cost nothing to do. took me like 5 minutes.
Does the wood chips actually smolder? It doesn't appear I get enough smoke. How do you know when to change the chips? I opened the box and the wood chips looked the same as when I put them in.
Cast Iron Smoking Box
by: Warren (VA)
If I'm reading the question & answer correctly, nothing should touch the heating element on an electric smoker. So, it's either put the wood chips/chunks directly on the lave rocks or in foil.
There's not enough space to put a cast iron/metal smoking box on an electric grill with out touching the heating element.
I'm looking into building a rack the sits just above the heating element but below the water pan. Any suggestions?
SmokeWood Box Electric Smoker
It's quite alright to use a metal smoke chip box next to the heating element in an electric smoker, as long as the box is small enough that it doesn't touch the element. There's a possibility of creating a hotspot on the element, shortening its life, if a foreign object lays against it while its hot.
It might be tricky removing the lid to add more wood, unless you have a good, heavy duty set of tongs to grab the lid with. Myself, I've always used foil wrapped wood in my electric smoker. It's very light when the wood is smoked out, and easy to remove.