That's quite the fire there! And a lovely full smoker! lol I may research some more on charcoals once I get things figured out. For now I just went up town to the local store and bought a 16 lb bag of kingsford, that'll get the job done this weekend. Got distracted by a lot of things today, beautiful weather today and it's hard to not take advantage of it! Especially when it's suppose to turn cold tomorrow!
I managed to seal up some of the firebox.. the sealant I have was so freaking difficult to get out of the bottle, and it may not even stay on the box so I'll wind up redoing it eventually.. It is a high temp stove "ciment" of sorts we bought a while back. Works great! Just a mother bear to put on, and I didn't have a chance to go to a hardware store today. So I did what I could, and got impatient and decided to go ahead and rub the inside down with oil, and ran it for 2 hours at around 200 degrees. Ran out of daylight and time, tomorrow morning first thing I'll shoot it to 400 for an hour or so, then it'll be ready!
It only took 1 chimney to stay around 200, and I was excited how easy it was for me to keep it there! Something I didn't think about doing, and I'll definitely do tomorrow.. Place an aluminum pan underneath the charcoal! Then I won't make near the mess I did putting out the coals tonight.. Super easy to clean, and potentially save years on the box. I decided I also need to look into making a charcoal basket soon, think it will be much easier to control the coals and such.
Thanks again for all of the advice, it is so great and helpful to get tips from those who own the smokers. Another reason why I like this forum community so much!