I'll be smoking some meat this weekend (weather permitting).
The smoker's seasoning went well ... (somewhat) ... I had some problems ... mostly caused by the cold, misty weather and the learning curve. At first I couldn't get higher than 195* and this was without the water pan and wood box. I decided to put up a wind screen. the temp went up to 225 and stopped. I wanted to see it go higher. I then cut back on the intake air (bottom vent). It went to 255*. So far, so good.
Time to put in the wood box (cold) loaded with a dozen marshmello sized chunks of apple wood. Opening the door made the temp drop to 225*. It took 10min. for the temp to start comeing back up, but then it started to climb too fast...right up to 300* I knew something was wrong. It was a flare up. I had to take the box out.
Next time I will put the box in before I start, and I think I'll make the bottom of the box solid instead of perforated. Also, I don't think I should go to more than 220* at first. I might even soak the wood.
Anyhow, I'll be fiddling with it again tomorrow.
Thank you, everyone that supported my efforts and those that gave advice. I, literally, could not have gotten this far without you!