I debated to clean it down to bare stainless. Figured I'd start from scratch that way I know what has been in there. For all I know the previous owner used pine needles to smoke with.
Ran it last night empty, just a pan with a gallon of water in it. Smoker is bang on with temp control. Cranked it to 250 and reached 250 within 30 minutes. Cycled back on once it reached about 200. Ran it for 7 hours like that, and only used 2.5KW of power.
Put in a 2.9oz chunk of hickory at 4:00pm this afternoon for the season smoke. It smells incredible, all the neighbours are already asking whats that great smell.
I can hear all the livestock starting to get real nervous!
I think I'm going to like this machine.