RE: Smoker 101 - help needed!
Okay--after much research, trial and error, and fiddling around, I've narrowed this down to one question (well, maybe two or three).
--Basically, I have the smoker assembled as follows: on the bottom is the electric heating element (which is fixed to a round, flat metal plate. Directly above this fits a porcelain coated bowl, which I am assuming is for the water. Above this fits a larger metal bowl with a "half-dollar" sized hole in the bottom. and above that fits the grill.
My question is, where exactly do the wood chips go? I assumed that they would go in the metal bowl with the hole, which is above the water bowl? Is this correct? if so, it seems like they might be a bit far from the heating element to smoulder... If the woodchips go somewhere else, what is the bowl with the hole for?
Finally, a related question: Are lava bricks something essential to a n electric water smoker? The smoker as it stands now has none. If they are needed, where might they go?
Thanks you all SO MUCH for your patience!!! Once I get this thing working, I'm sure my questions will be much less complicated and more... "culinary" ;)