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    Default Breaking in Problems

    My 1100 came with instructions to break in using 250 degrees (not 215 degrees) with the included hickory sample which looked like bat-handle waste. I'm OK with that, but the final result was a very acrid and persistent smell that permeated everything. I tried a few smokings, but everything had the same acrid odor in the background. It produced virtually inedible product.
    This weekend I cleaned the smoker using the methods I'm sure the manufacturer would not approve of and am now in the process of using chunks of dry Hickory at 215 degrees to see if I can restart my smoking endeavor. So far it smells good. All I really want it to make a good piece of pork to start. It's been a struggle so far. I think a good thermometer would help a lot and I have my eyes on several digital types. I could really go crazy and modify for PID, but first, again, I need a good, simple piece of pork!!!

    I am soooo happy to report that the re-seasoning working splendidly. Sweet smelling, dripping with aromatics - no acrid odors. My new girlfriend!!!
    Last edited by NickDC; 09-25-2013 at 05:04 PM.

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    Join Date
    Dec 2011



    Glad you got things going and are happy.

    Here is the Thermometer I now use. If you decide to go the PID route, I did that too. Photo's and parts list can be found here. Ignore the Maverick in that photo, I don't use it anymore.

    I am now extremely pleased with my setup, and have done a lot of smoking over the last year and a half.

    Last edited by djousma; 09-26-2013 at 02:22 PM.
    SmokinTex 1400. Smokin since 2012
    See my PID modifications here.

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    mine had same issue acidic taste
    cleaned me smoker 1400 replaced temp probe and temp controler.
    did brakin again same issue acidic tast in meat.
    and never can get to 250 degrees at all.
    ps this is set up at cabin that is at 7500 feet altitude.
    my neibores smoker works great diffrent brand.
    im thinking junk my tex and replacing it.
    in the past year ihave ruined more meat than i ever got to eat.

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    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Maryville,Tn Just south of Knoxville


    Utah340six....have you tried contacting SmokinTex.....They are very understanding....and helpful. I have owned several Smokers....and this is the best!!!!!


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    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Plano, Texas


    Any updates, NickDC?

    I'm just curious how it all turned out for you
    Remember: If it weren't for marriage, men would go through life thinking they had no faults at all

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