Just built my own, wanting to know how to "season" it before cooking for the first time. Good news is, barrel was from a food grade product. But I want to season it first. I was going to find an older style pallet ( non blue) and chop it up and burn it for the first burn. Then I was told to buy the cheapest hot dogs I could find and cook those on a second burn and the drippings etc from the hot dogs would give me uds a great flavor for seasoning compared to just wiping it down with a vegetable oil. I am open to any suggestions since I am a newbie. Thank you in advance.