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Original poster
Dec 29, 2017
Hi there,
My name Christian. I just got my first smoker for Christmas this year from my wife. It’s a master built extra large gas smoker. I’m actually outside right now seasoning it up. I’m in the insurance business, and it pays the bills!

My wife and I just bought our first house in August. I’ve been dying to get a grill or smoker because I can’t really help in the kitchen (my wife cooks better than anything I could try, so she usually takes over) but smoking is going to be the thing I try to contribute.

As i’m typing, I’m following the manual for seasoning the smoker. I filled it with 2 cups of wood chips (i also followed some advise here on fixing the wood chip trey) and i’m Only supposed to season for an hour and then let it cool and then do it again for 30 minutes, but my wood chips stopped smoking after 20 minutes, so if anyone has any advice on that to begin with!...Manual doesn’t say anything about changing them out the first our so i’m Just letting it sit.
I’m excited to join this community and hopefully to become a fairly decent smoker!
Christian, welcome to SMF! Glad you're here and ready to contribute to the kitchen table with your new smoker.

I don't have a gasser, but don't sweat the seasoning details. Smoking isn't an exact science and is very forgiving. Someone with a gasser will be along shortly to help you.

Enjoy the forum!

Hey Christian. Welcome aboard and congratulations on your new smoker.

It could be that your chips have gotten beyond the early "billowing smoke" stage and that your just not seeing "thin blue" smoke that follows.

I would continue to follow the recommended procedure and go ahead and put some chow in that sucker and smoke some grub.
Welcome to SMF!
Glad to have you with us Christian!
In my gasser I use a combo of wood chips & chunks to get it going then just add a chunk every hour or so, when you don't see smoke anymore. Here is a photo of how I start.

Hope this helps!
Good morning and welcome to the forum from a nice chilly sunny day here in East Texas, and the best site on the web. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about everything.

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