My wife gifted me with a Masterbuilt Propane Smoker for Christmas and I'm excited to get started ! It's a single door unit and the smaller of the two models I've seen around. It's got four cooking grates so I think it will be plenty big for us and our friends.
I plan to use the chips my wife gave me with it but from what I read, chunks may be in my future. I've read that the water pan is undersized in this rig so I may be busy keeping it fed and watered the first few go rounds but I think I prefer it that way.
We've got a friend's birthday event at our house at the end of January so I've got a few weeks to get my act together before my first big smoke event. I plan on working on Brisket and Spare Ribs because they're what I like best. Later I'm going to move onto chicken, turkey, fish and vegetables. If I get get the heat low enough, I'd love to be able to smoke some cheese.
The frustrating thing at the moment is finding a suitable gasket to seal the door. I've been to all the usual sources here in New Orleans but nobody has anything even close. I ordered the strip gasket material from Allied Kenco and figure I shold be able to find the silicone adhesive locally.
I've been cooking on a Weber Genesis Silver B propane grill for 11 years with mixed results, mainly due to not cleaning it frequently enough.
I'm also a pretty competent trukey fryer, I've probably fried about 30 or so in the last 11 years. I had a no name hardware store fry rig for about seven years and now I have a SafT Cook model that's safer, but not as much fun.
I've been reading the Forums for a few days now and I'm feeling pretty good about getting started. I appreciate all the advice and look forward to sharing my successes and ... let's call them them learning experiences !