Seasoning your new smoker??

Discussion in 'Wood Smokers' started by matts, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. matts

    matts Smoking Fanatic

    I got my new smoker built, now I need to season it.  My question is about the woods.  Can I just use anything as long as it will get hot.  I am thinking all the process is, is to oil it down and burn it in?  Is that pretty much it?  Does it really matter if the wood is still wet and do I just get the heat up to pretty high?


  2. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Do not use green wood for the seasoning. you will make creasote . Maybe not enought to matter

     but any is to much.

     use seasoned wood and get the heat up.
  3. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Use what you would use to smoke with.
  4. chainsaw

    chainsaw Smoking Fanatic

    You may get more specific responses (but in case you don't)  but a friend of mine coincidentally seasoned his towed smoker this weekend-it is HUGE-he estimated 100-plus chicken hindquarters could be cooked on it-the short version he told me was 25 lbs of charcoal and 4-5 good logs of wood (species unknown) got it hot-really hot. When he cooled it down he got two big buckets of lard and a new mop and slathered it on all over the inside. Then he got some onions and worked on the grills with it. Then he cooked 20-30 lbs of hindquarters. Not too specific but he had a friend that was a caterer and had done this process before. (My young friend is a mechanical engineer) This was a scratch-built towed smoker which we wondered if he would complete. Good luck to you my friend.
  5. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    +1 what he said.

    I used seasoned hickory chunks when I had my offset, worked great!
  6. matts

    matts Smoking Fanatic

    ok, thanks that helps.  I really didn't want to burn up any of my smokin wood but I will if needed.  



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