Outdoor cooking is not only interesting to do but it gives you most delicious food to eat and enjoy with your family and friends. Whether it is a slow roasted chicken or a fresh smoky rib, you get the best feasts for lunch or dining with fewer efforts required at your point. Outdoor cooking has become easier with the introduction of many advanced grilling and smoking appliances that one can use easily without any trouble. These machines work well and are reliable ones provided that you know ins and outs of the appliance and use it properly. Improper usage may give you trouble. So provided you know how to deal with setbacks with minor adjustments and maintenance, you would not need to take your electric smoker to a professional. You can settle most of the issues with proper handling and care at home. This would not only save your time, efforts but also would lower your maintenance cost.
How to deal with Common Problems of an Electric Smoker?
If smoker doesn’t start up:
- Check to see if the power plug of the electric smoker is inserted correctly in an outlet dedicated to response the appliance. Make sure that all the connections of the machine are tightly held. Make it certain that the power breaker in your house electric connection box is not tripped. Check the fuse and if needed replace it with a new one.
If smoker is Jam/not burning properly/damaged:
- There may be some wood chips (loose ones) trapped in your smoker. If this is the case, your electric smoker will not burn properly. Make sure that you clean the electric smoker after each use and check if any wood chips are left trapped. Get rid of them in order to make your smoker work properly.
- Improper functioning or damaged smoker can also be a result of using soft wood for burning. Woods like pine or fir must not be used with your smoker. Go for alder, cedar, plum, hickory, cherry or maple chips for smoker and these can be easily found at a grocery or hardware shop. You can also get them online.
- An electric smoker can be completely damaged because of its biggest enemy, rust. Every time you clean the smoker, check for any formation of rust and if found scrape it away instantly. Formation of rust can completely break out your smoker so keep on checking for rush formation. For getting rid of the rust, you may use good quality sandpaper or a wire brush.