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Hey folks!


 Very excited here with my new smoker! It's not a super duper one but will get me the basics down

before spending a lot on a better one I think.  Its the Char Broil propane vertical 580.


 Worked the midnight shift last night but came home and sprayed it down with Pam (is that ok?) and 

brought it up to temp (250-300) for about 2 1/2 hours and added some soaked Jack Daniels wood chips

to season it.  I hope this is all the right way!  LOL


 I use to own a small dome type many years ago but never really got into as I'd like to now..


 So full of questions but will start reading the forums for answers first.  Just subscribed to the 5 day Ecourse

and hoping that will give me a good start.  Still need to get a better thermometer but picked up one

from the grocery store just to see what was happening with this seasoning start.


 I think I read somewhere about this unit not getting up to temp with the water/wood chip tray in it so I might have

to modify it a little by using just a rack near the bottom with briquettes on it and maybe a seperate smoker

box that I can just lay on the briquettes.  Not sure yet..  Anyone have any info on this particular smoker?


 Hope to learn a lot here! 

Thanks Guys



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texas.gif  Good morning and welcome to the forum, from another cloudy and rainy looking day here in East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.



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Hello, I've just joined myself too. I bought the WSM 18.5" as my first smoker but I have the same question about breaking it in with the first smokes!
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Thanks Gar'!

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Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions
Post it and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is
because their are so many different ways to make great Q...
Happy smoken.

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Thanks Mule!
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Welcome to SMF! welcome.gif
We're glad to have you here. The search bar at the top is your best friend. This forum has been around for over ten years, so there is a good chance that any questions you may have, have already been answered (they may have 10 different answers, but you'll get an instant response non the less).
Please be sure to post your smokes along with your process and recipes. We will be glad to help you along the way and we may also learn something new ourselves in the process. Also, don't forget the very important Q view! (We're mad for pics on here 😁)
Always remember to have fun because it's not fun if you have to work at it. Thanks for joining,
- Ryan
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