Good morning! My name's Rob. I just picked up a Master Forge vertical charcoal smoker and set it up yesterday. After I get off work this morning, I will be firing it up to cure, then getting everything together for a weekend of football, beer, and smoked meats. I am originally from Texas and moved away with the military at 17. I've been bbq'ing my whole life, but this is my first jump into smoking. I am very excited. When I was setting up my new smoker, I went ahead and added a second thermometer with rtv sealant, drilled out the charcoal pan to add bolts into it to hold up a 13.5" grill for better airflow, I ordered a Weber replacement kit of air dampers I'm going to add to the lid and the base (I'm covering the original intake hole), and I am stopping by the fireplace shop on the way home for some fiberglass rope to seal the lid.
I picked up some lump charcoal and cherry for a pork shoulder I'm going to start the weekend with. I'm going to track down some hickory for some beef and then finish off the weekend with some chicken breasts using applewood. By Monday, I should have a pretty good handle on what I need to do to get a good smoke going with it, and it should get easier when the new vents show up. I believe I've modified it in a useful way. Anyways, if anyone wants to drink and smoke, hit me up!