I am trying to get into smoking meats so my wife gave me a charcoal smoker for Christmas, its kinda big to start out with and after thinking about it I thought it would be best to start off with a smaller one while I get my feet on the ground.
I found a Brinkman 1500 watt bearly used on craigslist for $20 so this is where I am going to start out.
The guy I bought it from used it very little and used lava rocks at the element with the element siting on top of the rocks (they are small and very thin layer). My question is should I get more lava rocks and would it hurt the electric element if I covered it with lava rocks, I don't want to burn it up.
Is there a way to control the temperature or will I have to just watch it and crack the lid if it gets too hot? Also what would be the best thermother to get, I have bought one that is digital and I can put the probe inside and it will show the temperature outside. If I want to smoke sausage do I just stick the probe in one of the sausage?
Sorry for all the questions, I am just trying to learn, I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas.