My name is Ron, I live in San Jose, CA and have never owned a smoker until this past weekend. A buddy of mine gave me his Oklahoma Joe that he no longer uses.
The ONLY problem I have now is that I have NO clue how to use this thing. No...seriously...how exactly do I smoke a brisket on this thing? I don't know the Oklahoma Joe product line very well, but the unit I have looks quite a bit like the photo below. My smoker does have a connection for a small propane tank though.
Is there someplace online (a video would be ideal) where someone has already documented how to use a smoker like this? I checked YouTube, but they have lots of video of people smoking meat, but none show how exactly to start the smoker and maintain the smoke/heat. Also, does anyone have any idea how the grates should be put in this smoker? it seems like there are too many grates (one small rectangle shape and three larger that are square or near square). The reason I ask about the grates is because the three large ones are too wide to sit side by side in the main part of the smoker, but two side by side leaves about a six inch gap.
Any tips are appreciated. Thanks!