New here and tryin to get into smokin. There so much info here! So I picked up a new MB 30" and during my per-seasoning I noticed a few things. The front door must be warped and the latch pins are to short. I read on here about someone adding more latches, so I decided to try that. Well Lowes didnt have what I was looking for so instead I just grabbed some 1/8" aluminum flat stock. The bottom of the door did not seal at all and the latch side of the door had a bad seal 3/4 down. Drilled some holes and filed an angle on one piece of flat stock to keep everything nice and sealed. Now I have about a 98% seal all around the door. which is better than a 60% seal lol. The latch I can live with that until I go to work and grab some longer steel rivets.
Tomorrow Im going to try smoking a Beer butt chicken. I have a marinade im going to try but should I also make a brine? Would a good starting point for heat be 200F with an internal temp of the chicken at 165F? I picked up the Maverick ET732 thermometer. Also read here that cook time is 4+ hrs and smoke time is 2hrs, is this correct?
Thank you for any help!
Here are some pics on my resealing job