I have been a "casual" smoker on several occasions in the past year, mostly chicken and pork ribs using a wood box on my Brinkman Pro Series 4-burner grill. But, I got tired of the lack of air flow control and the quick loss of all the smoke.
Yesterday, I finally decided to bite the bullet and bought a new Smoke Hollow 38" Gas Smoker from Gander Mountain (Model 3202G) with double doors. I assembled the smoker last evening and seasoned it today, finishing that process about an hour ago.
I did notice I had to have the rear damper open wide and the gas control at minimum to get the temperature down to the 225F-240F range, but it is also a hot day @ 85F outside today (hot for central New York state).
Gander Mountain was great on the purchase. The online price was $30 less than in the store, so they honored the online price. Then we got talking about wood chips. They currently had an offer for 4 free bags of wood chips with the purchase of a 30" or 34" Smoke Hollow Smoker. Well, I was getting the 38", and came in with that intention from the beginning. But, the salesman said he would tell the front end he talked me into the bigger grill, honor the online price AND give me the four bags of wood chips for free. Since I got such a good deal, I bought the weather cover from them as well
This afternoon, I pulled some pork ribs out of the freezer I have been holding on to until I decided on a smoker along with a nice piece of bone-in chicken breast. Have to thaw them out for some dry rub application and/or marinade tonight so I can cook them up for dinner tomorrow. Too bad I didn't season the grill last night so we could have had the ribs & chicken tonight, but tomorrow is good too! Besides, it was 94F yesterday in the yard (in the shade) while I was assembling the smoker, so by the time I was done, I was WELL DONE!
Looking forward to advice, sharing my exploits and hearing about other's adventures in the smoke