New to smoking - need some basics

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by kimball, Apr 20, 2015.

  1. kimball

    kimball Newbie

    Hi My husband & I just bought the OK Joe Longhorn grill/smoker.  Have two initial questions:

    1) picture in manual showed starting the charcoal using the charcoal started over the side burner.  what is the correct method to do this? Do we still put newspaper in the base of the starter & then set on top of the sideburner?

    2) I see where some smoker's talk about using a water pan.  Is this with just the veritcal smokers, or also with the side firebox?

    I am sure I will have a lot more questions as we figure this out!


    Dori & Clyde

    Hondo, TX
  2. [​IMG]   Good evening and welcome to the forum, from a sunny and cool day here in East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.

  3. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the board! Use the Search to look up your smoker and see how people use them. I'm running an offset stick burner and I've never used a water pan.
  4. Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
    About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
    and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
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  5. I used to use a water pan every time with my vertical propane smoker. I noticed that Myron Mixon has a line of water smokers as well. So it must serve some type of purpose, but I've heard both sides too. I don't use one with the Blazn, but some folks do add a small foil pan witb water to those too. I feel that its a preference for your personal technique and application.

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