So after countless weekends camping with my Boy Scouts here in North FL and always thinking, "it sure would be great to sit back and smoke some meat" all day on Saturday, I finally bought a smoker for the troop. Problem is, I've never smoked anything and I can't even claim to run a grill well.
I picked up a used Oklahoma Joe Longhorn on Craigslist last weekend and I'm furiously researching the forum to figure out how to use it properly. It has only been modified by sealing the joints between the firebox and cooking box and the chimney. I'm guessing my next priority would be to add some gasket to the doors and maybe try to find a tuning plate to get the heat even across the length of the grill. I just received my Maverick wireless thermostat today but I'm thinking of adding a second thermostat to the upper right port and 2 or 3 across the front at grill level. Probably not necessary but I can't resist gadgets. I'll also add a 90 degree bafflle to the chimney to bring the chimney down to the grill level. I also like the idea of trying to fabricate a charcoal box with an interior S shape to maximize the minion method.
Today I pressure washed everything to clean it up. Tomorrow I plan on spraying it down with some oil (vegetable or coconut?) and heating it up for a few hours to season it. The boys are planning to make the maiden voyage this weekend on our troop camp out with some brisket. If all goes well they will be hooked and do this at every camp out (unless it's a backpacking trek, of course) . Sure seems like a great skill for them to know.
I bought "Smoking Meat" to get started but sure would appreciate any advice you experienced smokers may have for me.