we do have access to a few different woods for smoking like Manitoba maple, apple,choke cherry , Saskatoon,and they all are local to me , but I dont have a lot of storage for wood and thought that the propane for heat and a small amount of wood for smoke was a better option for me .
I firerd it up for first full burn off of the new metal in it, reached 325 then, but didnt want to get much hotter than that(should be plenty hot for what I want). let it run there fot one hour, then I opened it up and gave it a very liberal spray down with canola oil , closed her up and let it work. once it quit smoking from the oil i applied it again, when it had burnt off the oil the second time opened it up nice rich brown color on all the metal then i cut back the heat and threw a couple of 3 "x5"long chunks of maple in the pan on the burner . she smoked for about an hour on that much wood.
cant wait to throw some ribs on it next Tuesday, have a staff potluck lunch , might have to do some jerky to.
picks of the first cook to come.