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Matty814
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Hi All,

I'm (relatively) new to the forums, I have met a couple people already who have been very helpful. 

I received my Landmann Kentucky offset last week and assembled it over the weekend, I have read the large thread with regards to the smoker I have so I am awaiting my stove rope for the recommended mods. I have a fair gap (2-3mm) around the chimney joint to the main lid so was looking for a sealant and found this https://shop.vitcas.com/heat-resistant-silicone-sealant-310ml.html if anyone has any comments or suggestions?

Should I also invest in a charcoal chimney starter that I have seen a few people mention? Also I have heard people talk about 'seasoning' their smokers, I assume it doesn't involve salt and pepper but is it something that is recommended? 

Inkman thermometer is also on the way so hope to give it a test run when the weather decides to behave itself, did plan on just trying to maintain temp without any meat involved so will see how that goes.

All the best,

Matt

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Glad you got one..now the fun start's.............first off that sealer look ok to me, they are a bit messy I've found but once theve set should be ok,

Chimney starter? I wouldn't be without one...they are a great bit of kit..https://www.google.com/search?q=Charcoal+Starter&client=firefox-b-d&source=lnms&tbm=shop&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwidmfiwudLwAhUbCWMBHZERAfIQ_AUoAXoECAEQAw&biw=1366&bih=626

Easy way to start the charcoal chimney is on a small camping stove, a lot of us use them...https://www.amazon.co.uk/Clas-Ohlson-Portable-Single-Camping/dp/B086N2PFZ7/ref=sr_1_31?crid=383AJOB1H42R0&dchild=1&keywords=gas+stove+camping&qid=1621314158&sprefix=gas+stove%2Caps%2C271&sr=8-31

Seasoning is where you start a fire and just let it heat up the smoker, it can help to clear any "crap" left over from when it's made.

18 hours ago, Matty814 said:

Inkman thermometer is also on the way so hope to give it a test run when the weather decides to behave itself, did plan on just trying to maintain temp without any meat involved so will see how that goes.

100% on doing this, running an offset can be a tricky one at the start,  give it a go by all means, but hey throw a few chicken wings on they don't cost a lot and you get to have a snack into the bargin.....best of luck..

 

Ice.

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10 hours ago, Icefever said:

Glad you got one..now the fun start's.............first off that sealer look ok to me, they are a bit messy I've found but once theve set should be ok,

Chimney starter? I wouldn't be without one...they are a great bit of kit..https://www.google.com/search?q=Charcoal+Starter&client=firefox-b-d&source=lnms&tbm=shop&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwidmfiwudLwAhUbCWMBHZERAfIQ_AUoAXoECAEQAw&biw=1366&bih=626

Easy way to start the charcoal chimney is on a small camping stove, a lot of us use them...https://www.amazon.co.uk/Clas-Ohlson-Portable-Single-Camping/dp/B086N2PFZ7/ref=sr_1_31?crid=383AJOB1H42R0&dchild=1&keywords=gas+stove+camping&qid=1621314158&sprefix=gas+stove%2Caps%2C271&sr=8-31

Seasoning is where you start a fire and just let it heat up the smoker, it can help to clear any "crap" left over from when it's made.

100% on doing this, running an offset can be a tricky one at the start,  give it a go by all means, but hey throw a few chicken wings on they don't cost a lot and you get to have a snack into the bargin.....best of luck..

 

Ice.

Cheers Ice, good idea with the chicken wings too!

What type of wood do you recommend to get? If there is anything on amazon you know of I will order it together with the chimney starter.

Matt

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Cheers guys, I ordered some oak chips from Amazon for the mean time to get me started but will also check out Smokewoodshack and get some different 'flavours'

Weather looks pretty terrible here for the next week or so but once it clears up I will get it fired up and let you know how I get on.

Edit:

My Inkbird IBT-4XC just arrived so that should give me something to play with until the sun comes out!

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