What's up SMF! I'm Curtis. From Tennessee and I just purchased my first "real smoker". I've always used my grill and just "rigged" it (burned my charcoal on one side and placed meat on the other side) but I just got a Char-Broil vertical smoker and can't wait to use it.
I've done chicken, Spareribs, and a few Pork Butts on my grill so I can't wait to smoke on this smoker. I usually use charcoal and apple wood chunks and chips but I plan on trying lump coal in the near future.
Couple questions I have are:
1) Do I need to soak my wood prior to burning it?
2) What is the recommended time to season my new smoker and could/should it be done same day?
3) I've seen a few posts say that you shouldn't use water (or any liquid) in the water pan....Why or why not?
Any suggestions, tips, etc is greatly appreciated
Thanks in advance