The Smokin-it was delivered today. Fast shiiping, packed well. Double boxes and even has some I think it was metal angle on the top edges. Plenty of styerfoam to protect it also. Got it out of the box and put the wheels on. Then the cord holders, like that for sure. Plus the 12ft power cord is a plus also. Then the side handles makes picking it was way better then without these. Sprayed down the inside with cooking spray. Then added 6 oz of wood, let it run 7 hours. Will wipe it down in the am, then fire it up again for the day. Will do the first meat on it Monday.
Tomorrow will be putting 14 whole catfish that weight 10 lbs on my 1500 SmokinTex. Got them in a 2.5 gallon ziplock bag tonight soaking in the Brine. Will take my big half circle needle and cotton string. Run the needed through the collar bone and back bone. tie a loop in the rest. I then use oak dowel rods to hang the fish in the smoker. Run it an hour at 225, then prop the door open just where its cracked for 1.5 hours at 165 degrees. This allows them to look more like there fried. AS there golden brown and soooo good.
Hope next week to catch a few Stripers around 10 lbs each. Will smoke those on the half shell. Fillet the meat off leaving the skin and scales. Smoke and throw the skin and scales away. Man there good that way.
Will also be building a stand for the Smokin-it soon. I have 20 or so 6 and 8ft Aluminum angle 1"x1" will build the stand 24" tall and the same width and length as the smoker. Add 2 SS Alumium shelfs on it to stiffen it up. Have both and may just go Alumium as it will weight less.