Hello Everyone! Been reading the posts for a couple of months now and I finally brought home my Wally Mart GOSM (Now Landman) 3405GW. Well putting it together was a snap and I then proceeded to season according to the instructions.
I placed a handfull of hickory chips (purchased at Walmart) and a couple chunks of Apple (purchased from a local tree service company) and filled the water pan. All the wood was dry and seasoned well and I burned on low for an hour with the vent on top in the futherest closed position.
When the burn was over I went to empty the water pan found that there was exessive amounts of creosote to the bottom of the pan and the racks in the smoker were sticky to the touch. I then removed the wood pan and burned the smoker on high to try to burn off the creosote and it seemed to help. A couple of questions:
What caused the creosote from developing?
Did I screw the smoker up?
Do I need to clean the entire smoker or can I just burn on high for a while?
Thanks and I am looking forward to my first successful smoke?