I am a college student in northern California, and my family just bought a smoker from an online auction (they thought they were getting a grill bbq, I had to correct them). My family has a vegetable farm and dairy, and we have always raised our own pork and beef for ourselves. My family is letting me have the smoker as of right now to mess around with, and I am eager to test it and make some delicious food. Me and my family live in Humboldt County, with a coastal climate.
I actually tried the smoker on super bowl Sunday, and it was a somewhat successful attempt as it was edible, but nowhere near good quality meat (besides the deer jerky that was awesome). The smoker we purchased is custom made, I am not sure if it is a good design or not, I have never seen anything like this before. The temperature was very hard to control, and I just recently ordered a maverick digital thermometer. We used 2 year old dried apple wood from a huge tree we had pruned heavily, and the smoke flavor was good. I hope that I can get some advice on the smoker, as I am a huge amateur and want to learn as much as I can! I will post some pictures of the smoker. I appreciate any advice and comments on the smoker!
Front with propane burner:
Inside the smoker:
you can see there is a roof cover just over the exhausts, it is removable
There are two dials on the smoker, one located more towards the fire box and the other in the back
Overall picture of it:
Fire box with the damper: