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First smoke , Masterbuilt GS30D 2 door propane smoker

angst

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Wife got me this for Christmas, unfortunately (for her) she could not hide it until the 25th. 

This weekend I am going to assemble and season it. I have a few questions.

First mods will be the chip pan (foil the holes over) and gasket probably (already on order)

Few questions

The instructions say do not use chunks, only chips , is that right ? I see lots of people talking about chunks in these smokers .

What a good first smoke to try ? Something not super involved while I get used to things.

Thanks
 

chef willie

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I'd say just watch the chunks so they don't go up in flames if right over the burner. I prefer chunks and had no problem with them in a Master Forge gasser. I usually do a cheap bag of chicken quarters for the first run....10 pound bag here is about 7 bucks. Big, old tough birds usually so I pick at them more than make a meal. Of course, you may find different in your area. Pork butts at Safeway now at .99 a pound so a good buy there. Regardless, another good chunk of meat to be put close to the top of the list.....Willie
 

angst

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Forgot my phone, but wrapped my beef rib , put some leg quarters on after 2 hours, I will snap a pick in another two when I unwrap the ribs .
 

angst

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Just to follow up my post. Not with some experience I can tell you what happened . The thermometer on the smoker it WAY off , this is of course, no surprise. So my heat was a bit high , so the ribs got dark , and the chicken liked the higher heat.  I bought myself a Maverick and I agree this is ESSENTIAL to smoking .
 

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