I had my first crack at my new Smoke Canyon smoker tonight. I have been smoking brisket, pork loin, ribs and salmon for about 20 years. My last smoker was getting thin in the smoke box so my brother got this one as a replacement. It is hands down the worst smoker that I have used. I am not new to the art of smoking and have used several different styles of smokers over the years. I prefer the vertical smokers as they have a much larger capacity than the horizontal smokers and are easier to regulate the temperature. this smoker is imposable to bring up to temp using the side fire box and I refuse to build a secondary fire in the cocking chamber as I have seen suggested. I have been using horizontal smokers for about 10 years and have never used a secondary fire, not even in the winter. The only mods that I have ever had to make to a smoker have been heat baffles to slow down the heat or keep the fire out of the cooking chamber. It is an impressive grill but it is not a smoker. I may keep it for grilling but am going shopping tomorrow for a new smoker. The last one that I had was a Char Griller brand smoker that I purchased for around 175.00. I am getting another one like it. It looked very similar to the Smoke Hallow 40" pro pictured for sale on this website. I did however have to add a baffle to that unit to keep the fire in the fire box and out of the cooking chamber as the fire box was a little too small and the opening between the firebox and the cooking chamber was too big.
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I tried twice to season this unit while I was using my other grille, and I couldn't get it up to temp. I just ordered the Maverick Et-732 thermometer you recommended, but have to rely on the built in thermometer for now. I used a basic brine recipe, and substituted a couple ingredients.
I'm stubborn, and I was bound and determined to smoke the chicken breast I bought, and was starting to panic when I couldn't get the temp up to 225°. I got a small cast iron skillet out and was planning on putting some charcoal in it at the bottom of the Smoke stack, but I wanted to try one last thing. I cracked the "damper door" on the fire box, and the temp jumped up to 250° in about 3 minutes, I'm adjusting the upper door to keep the temp steady. Hopefully you still have the smoker, and this works for