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New house has a brick smoker

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Sorry if this isn't the correct place to post, but I just moved into a new place that has a long unused smoker in the yard.  I've been trying to google what I should look for to make sure its operational, how to clean, and a first time guide on how to use it, how to prep the wood (theres a firepit in the back that I can get a fire going first and move some wood over after), do I want to use chips or actual campfire type logs?  Both?  I've seen friends use a charcoal snake in a weber before, but thats about the extent of my meat smoking knowledge.  I'd like to get it ready within the next week so I can do a test run before trying to smoke a turkey for thanksgiving.  Any help/references would be appreciated.  I'd assume it would be a good idea to get a big fire going to burn out bugs/cobwebs, etc before doing a test run?


Sorry for the first timer questions.  Hopefully, I'll be able to contribute in the future once I get this going!


***Edit:  I reposted this in the new members area which i didn't see in my haste to sign up and ask my question.  I don't see anyplace to remove the thread so I apologize in advance***



Edited by Jonathan Soto - 11/17/14 at 10:00am
post #2 of 5

Great score:yahoo:. Clean all the crap off it ,wash all the obvious gunk off it so it doesnt burn & stink out your new neighbour hood.Evict any critters living in it &  start a fire & see what happens.Dont cook anything ,just eyeball your seals,your flu ,how it burns,how its vented.

Use logs ,get back to us.


post #3 of 5

Sure looks interesting. Where is the smokebox? Is the upper portion the smokebox? Doors to the smokebox on the sides? Is it an offset smoker then?

post #4 of 5

wicked cool ! yes. get a fire going and see what it does. I bet you could use charcoal when you actually cook in it. throw in some wood chunks for smoke, what a cool find.

post #5 of 5

Your in the right place my friend!  


I'll second the fact of firing it up!


Looking forward to more pictures!   Congrats on the smoker find

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