After years about talking about getting a smoker, I finally bought one. http://www.basspro.com/Masterbuilt-Two-Door-Propane-Smoker/product/10226688/-1778126?cmCat=CROSSSELL_THUMBNAIL . I figured this would be a decent, inexpensive first time smoker.
Anyway, I can't wait to use this thing, but had a couple questions...
My instruction book says thats it's ready to use, but the manual for the Masterbuilt electric version of this smoker says I need to preseason it. Is this necessary? If so, the electric manual says
"Preseason smoker prior to first use. Make sure water bowl is in place with NO WATER. Set
control panel to MED and run unit for 3 hours. Shut down and allow to cool. Some smoke may
appear during this time, this is normal.
During last 45 minutes, add 1 cup of wood chips in wood chip bowl to complete preseasoning.
Would this be a good way to season it?
Next, roughly how long can I expect a full propane tank to last when smoking? I know this has a lot of variables, but let's assume I'm using a 20lb propane tank on low heat for 5 hours the first time. Is one tank enough to last me a couple smokes or would I need a new tank each time?
Finally, I've had some wood chips sitting in the closet for a couple years when I have tried to creat smoke on a gas grill. Can wood chips to go bad? Would these still be good or should I get new chips?
Thanks for the help. I'm looking forward to smoking!