It's sitting in my garage now. Have to wait till Christmas to open it. But I oped it and put it together without the fam knowing...hehe. Plugged it in and it worked. Then I un plugged it and put it back in the box. I'm also getting a nice digital thermometer, and metal brine injector, cure #1, no cut gloves. I accidentally threw out the instructions. Can someone post a link to the instructions? Do I need to smoke it before first time using? How do I do that? What would yall recommend smoking in it first to crisen it? I have a 12lb wild hog leg, some Boston butts, pork ribs, deer meat for jerky, chicken quarters, and deer sausage. I plan on using dried misquite because I have a lot of it. My chunks are about 4"x4"X1". Can I just chop them small and use them? How small? FYI I've never smoked meat before. Ive bbqd meat and grilled so I'm new to this slow cooking.