Originally Posted by bauchjw
Hehe, that's the best way to ensure support to your new hobby! Do you have meat probes for internal temp? Like a Maverick or iGrill?
I ordered an Ivation IVAWT738 Dual Probe Long Range Wireless Digital Thermometer which appears to be a rebranded Maverick and was $20 cheaper. I figured that was a good place to start, and if I end up getting really serious into smoking, I could always pick up something like the Tappecue 4 probe remote thermometer.
The smoker actually arrived last night, which is almost a week earlier than the original estimated arrival date. When my wife got home and saw the box, she asked if I planned on smoking anything this weekend. I told her I was going to do some pulled pork and she was ecstatic.
I went ahead and assembled it last night, and then went to Lowes to get the parts necessary to fit my Bayou Classic 0-30 PSI Adjustible Regulator/Hose Assembly to the stock valve. I went ahead and picked up some hickory chunks as well.
I plan on doing the initial burn off/seasoning of the smoker tonight, and to get a feel for keeping a steady temp in the smoker.
I have a latch-action toggle for the door, as well as a Nomex High-temp Gasket Kit on order, which should arrive Thursday, and will get installed that evening.
The only other mods that I want to do in the near future would be to windproof the bottom of the smoker a little better like Lamar did, since my back porch sits directly in the wind. I will also most likely add the small mod to the side of the smoker to allow my temp probes easy access like Lamar did, and I need to figure out a way to add casters to the bottom of the smoker for easy transport.
Other than that, I should be good to go for my first smoke. I plan on grabbing a nice Boston butt and doing an injection and rub on it Friday night, and then wake up early Saturday morning and getting it started. My wife has also been craving some corn, so I figured I might as well smoke some corn and maybe even some cabbage while I am at it as well.