Hey everyone...just joined the site/forum today. My lady and I were wed last week and one of the gifts we (well...she, to be honest) wanted was a BBQ smoker. We received our new Masterbuilt 30-inch smoker this past Tuesday and today we preseasoned it as per the directions. We did everything by the book. But then, something unforeseen took place and it has me worried.
The skies got dark. And the rains came.
So for a couple of minutes the unit got some rain on it, not too much though. I covered the prongs for the cord that connected to the extension cord going indoors, that area stayed dry. I stood over the unit while the wood was burning (not smart, I know, but I had one of those surgical breathing masks on to minimize the carbon monoxide danger) holding an umbrella for 15 minutes until the rain stopped. The top and back of the unit had very little rainwater on it. One side had some but I dried that off easily. My concern is the bottom, and the areas of the cord that WERE exposed to rain. Should I be concerned about any of this? There wasn't enough rain to accumulate even a quarter-inch off the ground but I wonder about the unit's feet. Plus, of course, even though the book seems to be very explicit in saying "Do NOT get the cord wet", is it OK if the cord got a LITTLE wet? It wasn't submerged at all, just some raindrops. Plus, as stated earlier, the prongs were dry and the end of the cord going into the smoker itself also was and is dry.
Being that this was my first experience with a smoker (and we haven't even SMOKED yet!), I'm nervous about doing even the slightest thing wrong. Hopefully someone out there with a bit more experience (which is probably 99.9% of you) can ease my nerves!