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Old 06-26-2012, 03:59 PM   #1
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Hi everyone! New to this site. I have a problem with creosote dripping on the top rack of my smoker. Its a Masterbuilt analog electric and I use mostly hickory sawdust when smoking.I'm thinking its a vent problem of too much humidity since this model only has a small 3/8" hole in the upper rear right corner for venting besides air leaks at the door gap.
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:01 PM   #2
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Never used an electric smoker...

My first guess would be the venting, however I would think "Masterbuilt" would have engineered a proper vent.

Your wood should be dry.

How close to the heating element is the water pan?
maybe move it up a little higher if possible
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:40 PM   #3
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In my limited experience the formation of Creosote is caused by incomplete combustion! Increase the exhaust opening to increase the draft. After if the smoke is not Thin and Bluish then you either have to much sawdust of not enough heat or both.
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:58 PM   #4
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Yep, for one reason or another, it's probably not burning completely. More oxygen to the heating element or less fuel I would guess.
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Old 06-26-2012, 07:46 PM   #5
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I was making jerky so I was not using the water pan and I was using dry sawdust. My wood pan sits right on the element. I redesigned the smoker somewhat so I could get good smoke at temps. as low as 140/150 to better smoke fish and jerky.I was kinda figuring the burn wasn't right because the moisture in the meat and even in dry wood can't escape the smoker with such a small vent.
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The exhaust should be open , closing it leads to this more often than not
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Also, Consider the wood chips your using. There should be none present.
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