I'm a first timer from Cedarburg, WI.
Just got married and my wife surprised me with a starter smoker as a wedding day gift!
So I have the Charbroil Offset BBQ Smoker 430
Yesterday I seasoned it by coating the inside with vegetable oil and running a fire in it for about 3.5 hours per the instructions. Used standard Kingsford charcoal with a chimney starter and Cherry chunks for the fire.
The quality seems pretty good, one issue being the lid doesn't quite want to close all the way and another that the welds on the back of the bottom half of the barrel don't go all the way up.
I fixed the first issue by getting a hook and a weight to keep the lid all the way closed....after the test run, the lid closed better, so I am hoping this will improve with time and a few adjustments.
The second issue I think I will solve when I prep for my first actual use. I am planning on putting aluminum foil in the bottom of the large chamber to help in cleanup...the foil should also cover up the small gaps in the welds.
Other info...I do have a dual sensor cooking thermometer....I plan on putting the the cook temp probe in the large chamber...just need to figure out the best place to mount it.
First actual smoke will be Sunday...pork baby back ribs....using the Cherry for that as well.
So, I am going to start looking around in the forums for information and tips, but this is my intro to the community...looking forward to it!