One other thing on the BSKD, if it's like the New Braunfels true twin, is that it is a fuel hog. But other than that I love mine. I have one of the original NB's with the heavier steel and it's been through a flood that went up past the firebox and sat around the backyard for awhile while we did...
I've never heard that term before and did a search for it. I can't believe one would stay solid up to 400 degrees. It was a cheddar. I figure the more "solid" or "crumbly" types would be high temp. Wow I learn something new everyday around here.
If you're in Az gimme the heads up too. I'm in Houston. It's rained everyday but about 9 in the last month and a 1/2. I need to wash my car so bad that I think it put on another 100#s. I open the sunroof and can't tell it's open. This has been one messed up summer.
If all else fails you can always explain or write down the "how" part. His preference of seasoning could be up to him/her. Whats that saying? Teach a man to fish.......Or just point them in the direction of this site. Alot of good info here.
I have the same pit and I love it. I agree though get the Maverick ET 73. You won't regret it. I'll PM you with the other site you mentioned. They have a list of mods for the NB Smoker and the Brinkmann that is the mirror image of it.
The leaves look right for birch but from what I found online the bark is different. Most seem to have a white look. This one is brown all over. Someone on my fishing forum said maybe an ash. I'm about to go look that one up too.