In my haste to sign up and ask my question I originally posted this under the brick smokers build sub-forum... so I apologize for that! Couldn't see how to delete that thread so if appropriate mods could you please remove? Maybe this will be the best spot to ask my newbie questions.
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?