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First time smoker with brand new smoke vault

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Hey guys thanks in advance for the advise. What do you all recommend with a brand new smoker? Should I fire it up and run it with wood chips in it for a few hrs then clean it out before I smoke any meat for the first time? Thanks
 

dirtsailor2003

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All you need to do is season it. Fire it up and run it hot for a hour or so to burn off any oils that may be left from manufacturing.

I'd recommend using wood chunks not chips. 2"-3" chunks. 3-6 of them depending on length of smoke.

After that initial burn set your pit temp, put some wood in and a chicken and have yourself a meal.

No need to wash out the smoker. Clean the grates is all. You want the hunk to build up that's the seasoning.
 

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Welcome to SMF!

Sounds like Case has you covered!

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Hey guys, I found a guy that trimmed His apple tree. There small sticks about 1" up to 2.5" round and about 3ft long. Would this be a good wood to cut into 2", 3" cuncks amd use to smoke chicken and pork? As always thanks you for your help. I should mention the wood has been drying out for about 4 months he said.
 
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  I am also looking at some apple tree wood. I am assuming once it is seasoned it would be good for smoker. Anyone out there with some input on this???
 

cornelius74d

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If you take the bark off and it's seasoned before smoking I say go for it. I have dry seasoned cherry I acquired the same way and use with good results.
 
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I'm confused lol. Some people say take bark off some people say leave It on, same with the wood some people say use chips and some say use pucks. [emoji]128556[/emoji] I'm using a Smoke vault propane smoker. I was going to cut my apple branches into small pucks 2" and 3" and use them to smoke without taking the bark off. Is this ok or am I out to lunch?
Thanks
 

smoke-it-all

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I've used bark on, and off. I cut down 3 apple trees at my house so I have an abundance of it. I smoked a butt with heavy smoke both ways, and I now take the time to take the bark off. The bark on wasn't bad, but I could tell the difference. Or maybe it was in my head! Either way I vote bark off
 
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dirtsailor2003

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I'd remove the bark. Cut up the branches as you mentio. If they are bigger than 3" in diameter split them. Then you are going to want to seasonings n them. Store them loosely somewhere that is dry for 6months to a year. Then use them for your smoker. If the wood is green your smoke won't be as good.
 

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