Tips and Tricks

* WE DO NOT RECOMMEND USING WATER ON THE INSIDE OF THE SMOKER. Water should be avoided on the inside of the cook chamber. If you feel it necessary to use a pressure washer to clean the cook chamber for any reason be sure to keep smoker open until completely dry. You must re-season the cook chamber afterwards.

 

*Keeping your cooker well-seasoned will prevent rust and premature deterioration.

 

*We highly recommend Royal Oak Lump charcoal in our cookers. It offers a good clean burn. If you are looking for a briquette, we recommend the Royal Oak Chef Select. You will get a slower burn using briquettes making them ideal for long cooks.

 

*While it is possible to use our gravity fed cookers without a draft control device, we highly recommend the investment. Our cookers are designed to be used with a device such as a Guru. Without using one you will experience slower heat recovery as well as more inconsistent pit temperatures. Again, to have the best and easiest cooking experience we highly recommend a draft control device.

 

*A piece of foil can be placed between the cooker and the seal of the charcoal chute to help prolong the life of your seal. This is a natural place for moisture to affect the seal.

 

LIGHTING

Option One
  • Open the firebox door and charcoal chute door. Remove any old charcoal and ash
  • Start a charcoal chimney filled with a high-quality charcoal. Once it is well lit, dump it into the charcoal chute.
  • Immediately pour desired amount of unlit charcoal into chute.
  • Set your personal draft control device (Guru) to desired temp and close the firebox door.
  • Once cook chamber temp is rising steadily and smoke is coming out of the charcoal chute door, close the chute door and let the cooker come to desired temp.

OPTION TWO

  • Open the firebox door and charcoal chute door. Remove any old charcoal and ash
  • Add desired amount of charcoal to charcoal chute.
  • Stick the nozzle of a lit Plumber’s Torch through the fire grates and allow the torch to light several pieces of charcoal.
  • Once the charcoal is lit, close the firebox and charcoal chute doors and allow you Guru to bring the pit up to temp.