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Before you attempt to cook, your cooker should be seasoned.
The seasoning process allows you to “play” with the vents and learn how to regulate the smoker’s temperature.”
Remove the cooking grate(s) and drip pan.
Wash the cooking grate(s) with soap and water and leave out of the cooker.
With a cloth and light cooking oil, rub the underside of the lid, inside of the cooking chamber and the sides of the fire chamber.
On our TS and BX Series you do not have to season the inside of the firebox.
Without reinstalling the cooking grates, start a small fire with charcoal and bring the temperature up to 275 to 300 degrees and hold the temp for 1 ½ hours.
For our TS Series
In addition to the above, after performing the seasoning process and the firebox is still warm, rub a light coat of cooking oil on the exterior of the firebox. This will help prolong the life of the paint job on the firebox though over time due to the intense heat you will have to lightly sand and repaint the firebox with a high heat paint.