Today I got my Christmas early, the wife bought me a Kingsford Sierra charcoal smoker and I can't wait to try it out. I have been lurking on this site for a while and think it is great with wonderful people so I will be asking a lot of questions. I have read on here that you need to season a smoker before you use it. I understand that you are suppose to wipe it down with cooking oil and light it to season it, is this correct? Also what all do I wipe with cooking oil, the cooker itself, do you do it inside and outside and what about the fire box do you do the same to it? How will I know when it is seasoned, what temperature to I get it to and for how long? I bought some Kingsford charcoal and some hickory wood today, it is my understanding that you get the charcoal hot then put some hickory on top (wet) of it for the taste, will I need to put the hickory in the fire box when I am seasoning it? Final question, A person gave me a half of deer that I want to make smoked saugage from, where can I find some good recipes for this so I don't ruin it on my maiden voyage? Forgot to introduce myself, sorry. My name is Wade Watts, I live just outside Columbia, SC in a small town called Elgin. I am a retired industrail mechanic, 67 years old, and I use to restore old cars. I remember as a kid helping my father kill hogs and we cured some meat and we smoked some of it, I want to get back to the days of smoking. Thanks ahead for all the help I am going to recieve from this site. Wade I know this is long but I need all the help I can get, I can't ever boil water without burning it.