Just got my Party yesterday and I am going to start the process tonight of getting it lite to clear out the oils and start to get it seasoned. I have been reading on there the past couple of days to try to get an idea of how to get this thing ready to smoke and had a few questions. This is my first charcoal smoker so I am a rookie trying to get my bearings. Here is what I am planning to do tonight after work any advise is very much appreciated.
1. Start a fire with the lump charcoal only, no wood, to get the smoker up to 300 degrees. Let is chill at this temp for an hour and then pull the fire and let it cool.
Q. I have the removable water pan and heat diverter. Do I do this step with the pan and diverter in or out?
2. Coat the inside with peanut oil and Pam
3. Light the fire again and let is go for 90 minutes and it should be ready to go!
Q. Do I let it get to 300 again or do I try to keep it at the normal cooking temp of 225-250? Same question as above with the pan and diverter?
Thanks in advance for all of the help. Also is there a how to for how to fill the fire box? I am sure that everyone does it their own way but a beginners guide to building a fire would be a great help for someone coming from a gas smoker. Also when building the fire does the wood go directly on the coals or is it suspended above the coals? In my gas smoker I have a pan that holds the water and the wood and the flame heats the pan then starts the wood smoking.
I have a cover for my Party but is there any issue smoking in the rain and worrying about damaging the cooker? I live in sunny
Seattle so smoking in the rain will be a frequent issue. I have a easy up that I can use to smoke under but don't want to smoke myself out.