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. 


*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.



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.


  • 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.