Hi everybody. I have always wanted to learn how to smoke pork and other meats. My old BBQ died at the end of last season so this year I bought the Smoke Hollow 4-in-1 47183T grill/smoker. I sure have found alot of great information on this site about this smoker as well as smoking meat. I am going to do some of the mods listed in sscrib and the Chris G blogs. I figure I might as well do these while I am putting it together out of the box. I am going to do the JB weld on the seams of the smoker box and cooking box, the Chimney mod, the deflector plate and the fire box charcoal grate. I read all of the customer reviews on 3 differetn sites that offer this smoker and alot of the bad about it was the unit rusting after only a couple of months. I didn't see any people on here addressing this issue or stating that they had it. I understand when smoking and using a water pan there is going to be alot of moisture and so metal wil rust. I thought since I am just building this thing why not just throw a couple of coats of high temp paint on it to start with. Maybe the thin paint is why people are complaining about it rusting so quickly. I figure it can't hurt since I have to season it anyway when I'm done building it. any thought on this?
It is going to take me a couple of weeks to get this put together because I work 12 hour days and only get 1 day of work a week right now and waiting for cure time on the JB weld as well as the paint, but I will post to this thread as I go along. I know this isn't the greatest smoke machine out there but I think it will be alot of fun to learn with. Looknig forward to learning how to smoke some awesome meals. Thanks for all of your support with your knowledge on this forum.