I bought it Sunday night from Amazon $399 + $3.99 one day shipping (Amazon Prime). Received it yesterday! First off, I get home from work at 10:30p and it's sitting on my porch and the box is HUGE. We are doing our taxes today, so we had to get ready for those. It took everything in me to not blow that off and just put it together. After my wife and I finish I say, "Ok... now I'm putting it together now." She said, "You're crazy! It's midnight." I said, "I know, but this is what smoking does do a guy. I apologize for my obsession, now have a great sleep."
So I grabbed a beer out of the fridge and brought that baby to my garage. Once I opened the box, I was shocked at how big it actually was. I immediately got really excited and giddy like a little school girl. After I calmed down I started putting it together. The instructions are not very detailed, but you figure it out really quick. It was put together in a flash and after getting it in it's resting place on my porch, I just starred at it. What a beautiful smoker! The worst part about it was that it was 1:00am and I have a last minute catering gig the next day so I had to go to sleep. I really wanted to fire it up. Now, I won't get to it till tomorrow!
I am cooking for some people on Saturday, so I want to get a few dry runs with some pork or beef fat in there to start seasoning it. Hopefully I can get some flavor and gunk in there before Saturday so I can have a productive cook.
I also ended up buying the Maverick ET732 Thermometer and the Cajun Injector Deluxe Marinade Injector. Very fun.
Any tips/hints for a new WSM owner? I've looked a lot at virtualweberbullet.com and it's given me some good ideas, but I want to know what works for you.Any ideas on where to put the smoker temp probe? I know I can put it right on the grate but do you think it would be good to attach it to the bottom of the top grate so it is out of the way?
Hopefully a BBQ Guru or Rock's Bar-B-Que Stoker is in my near future!
Happy Smoking Everyone!!!