Still new to smoking here, I have been smoking for just over a year on a cheap Walmart offset smoker. I finally got a WSM 18.5" smoker I have been wanting and I was just wondering is there anything I should do before using it for the first time? I've read online yes and no so I'm not sure. The other thing I live in Wisconsin and it's pretty cold this time of year, any recommendations on insulating? I read a lot of people use welding blankets or water heater jackets. Any thoughts would be helpful, I ak excited about using my new smoker, I have read a lot of good reviews on it.