I e-mailed Masterbuilt asking if there was a user manual with more info than the assembly manual has (model 20050611). They replied with an e-mail that had seasoning instructions and cooking tips that are MUCH different from anything I've read anywhere.
Their seasoning instructions are:
Apply cooking oil to the cooking grates and inside of the door only
Put 2 cups of soaked chips in the flame bowl and fire up the burner
Burn for 30 minutes at 400 degrees F
Shut down and cool off completely
Reapply oil and burn for another 20 minutes (no mention of chips or temperature)
Most of the tips I've read here at SMF say coat all the interior surfaces (excluding the burner) and burn for 4 hours.
They also have some unusual cooking tips. The highlights are:
Load food and 1 cup of soaked chips before lighting the burner. Add a second cup of chips after 90 minutes and another cup 90 minutes after that (I'm guessing that one or two chunks could replace one cup of chips in that plan).
They also state that 1 to 2 cups of water should be all that's needed for the entire cooking process. I've read a few comments about the water pan provided being much too small. Is that because it doesn't hold enough water to regulate the temperature or because you have to keep adding water or some other reason?