So later on this year I'll be buying my first smoker. I've heard about modifications, additional gear for a good cook, and all that sort of stuff, but I'm looking to get a full list together and hoping some of you more experienced folks can help me.
So this comes in two categories: first, I don't have any tools, no tool box, nothing of the sort. What are the essential tools I might want to carry for repairs and modifications, or does that tend to change depending on the hardware you buy? If that's the case, me and my buddy are looking at a WSM, probably 18.5" or 22". Second, what gear and equipment directly related to the actual cooking gear should I buy alongside my smoker? I figure these would include things like an apron, tongs, instant-read thermometer.
Thanks for the help.