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You may use dry or pre-soaked wood chips in your smoker. Dry chips will burn faster and produce more intense smoke. Chips pre-soaked in water (for approximately 30 minutes) will burn slower and produce a less intense smoke.
Do not use the smoker in covered areas, including garages or covered porches, or on combustible surfaces. Do not use your smoker within 10 feet of any structure or building. The smoker is for outdoor use only.
No. Masterbuilt smokers are designed to operate with the use of wood chips only.
When cleaning your smoker, use 50/50 hot water and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and shake well. Use a soft sponge. It is very important not to use harsh chemicals to clean your smoker.
No. Masterbuilt smokers are not designed to be used with natural gas. Our gas smokers are designed for propane use only.
If you use an extension cord, it must be approved for outdoor use and marked with the letters “W-A” and a tag stating “Suitable for use with outdoor appliances.” The cord should exceed 16AWG diameter and be no longer than 25 feet.
First, make sure the water pan is in place with no water in it. Set smoker temperature to 275°F and allow the unit to run for three hours. During the last 45 minutes, add ½ cup of wood chips in the wood chip loader to complete the pre-seasoning process. Power off the smoker and allow it to cool completely. (Note: Never add more than ½ cup of wood chips at a time. Additional chips should not be added until any previously added wood chips have stopped generating smoke.)
Curing your smoker will rid the unit of manufacturing oils, allowing them to burn off. Pre-season your smoker prior to first use.
1. Perform soapy water test: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnNwGvz8TWU
2. Using a napkin or cloth, rub a light coat of cooking oil on smoker racks and inside smoker door. Make sure water pan is in place with NO WATER.
3. Fill wood chip tray with up to 1 cup of wood chips and light your smoker. Close door.
4. Let the smoker burn for about 1 hour. Make sure temperature reaches 350°F (177°C).
5. Allow unit to cool completely.
6. Reapply light coat of cooking oil on smoker racks and inside of smoker door.
7. Re-light smoker and burn for 20 minutes.
* Cure your smoker periodically to prevent excessive rust.