New house, new smoker, new to smoking

Discussion in 'For New Members' started by jonathan soto, Nov 17, 2014.

  1. jonathan soto

    jonathan soto Newbie

    In my haste to sign up and ask my question I originally posted this under the brick smokers build sub-forum... so I apologize for that!  Couldn't see how to delete that thread so if appropriate mods could you please remove?  Maybe this will be the best spot to ask my newbie questions. 

    I just moved into a new place that has a long unused smoker in the yard.  I've been trying to google what I should look for to make sure its operational, how to clean, and a first time guide on how to use it, how to prep the wood (theres a firepit in the back that I can get a fire going first and move some wood over after), do I want to use chips or actual campfire type logs?  Both?  I've seen friends use a charcoal snake in a weber before, but thats about the extent of my meat smoking knowledge.  I'd like to get it ready within the next week so I can do a test run before trying to smoke a turkey for thanksgiving.  Any help/references would be appreciated.  I'd assume it would be a good idea to get a big fire going to burn out bugs/cobwebs, etc before doing a test run?

    Sorry for the first timer questions.  Hopefully, I'll be able to contribute in the future once I get this going!

     
  2. It looks good. You can use logs or preburnt coals.

    Happy smoken.

    David
     

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