Total Greenhorn

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by scruffer, May 14, 2008.

  1. Hi Everyone,
    I just found this website and and forum yesterday and am wicked siked! (yes, I am from Massachusetts if you didnt recognize the phrasing) I just got a brinkman offset smoker for my bday and am going to use it this weekend for the first time so I am a Total Greenhorn. I've been researching a bunch of things to get started and have a few questions for some of the guru's out there.
    I planned on using charcoal and was curious if you could/should typically add in some wood chunks for the first few hours of smoking? They sell bags of hickory chunks at the grill store and I was going to pick up a bag, so if you do add in a few wood chunks, would you soak them at all first or are the pre-bought chunks ok as is?
    I read a few posts rergarding modifications to this style of smoker to aid in heat retention? Are any of these modifications fairly easy and uncomplicated? I did sign up for the ecourse and read the first chapter so forgive me if this is covered in the later lessons... just want to learn as much as I can.

    Cheers
     
  2. gooose53

    gooose53 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF! Put some wood on the fire as soon as you get it up to temp...I don't soak my wood first, just through em in.
     
  3. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the SMF Family! Looking forward to reading your future posts, and q-vue!
     
  4. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    welcome to SMF scruff,to soak or not-a ongoing debate in here-try without and than with see which you like.make sure u season your smoker first-clean the mfg. oils out with mild soap & water and give it a good dry run with some heat-throw a couple chunks of wood in after your coals get going to get some TBS.many more will be around to be helping also-glad u found us.
     
  5. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the smf....................You will love this place..............
     
  6. Thanks and I already love it!
     
  7. diesel

    diesel Smoking Fanatic

    ya... I agree with everyone else... burn that thing off before you cook with it. This will also let you get a since of how it heats. You can see how the temp changes by opening up the firebox door. Good luck.
     
  8. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome to the forum scruffer! Glad to have ya here.[​IMG]
     
  9. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    welcome to smf scruffer, absolutly add would chunks!!!! will enhance flavor greatly. dont need to add alot just so it there. personally i dont soak chunks at all. have in the past with both chips and chunks and really havnt seen a benifet. send qveiw from smoke
     
  10. thats awesome, great accomplishment! hopefully i'll get there in a fewyears ;)
     

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