Looks like Cookshack had a great June. I've been watching for a used one for awhile (Craigslist and ebay) but nobody ever sells. That's just one more reason to buy one. The Father's Day sale finallly pushed me off the ledge. My Amerique arrived Thursday.
I went ahead and blew the GFI when seasoning. After reading all of the threads, it seemed like a right of passage that had to be done. I made sure I bent the heating element up a little so it was touching the smoke box and the two chunks of wood burned in a few hours to complete ash. The inside of my smoker now looks like it is two years old.
On my first smoke now. Two pork butts. It's back in the GFI outlet and working flawlessly. I'm using the probe in one of the butts and have it set for 195.
A couple of questions:
I tried to put another temp probe in the other butt but the bent end of my other probe wouldn't fit through the smoke vent hole. Can you close the wire in the door rather than feedng it through the vent or would that ruin the wire?
Does the bottom rack cook a lot faster? I have the butts on the 2nd rack and was going to put some ribs in later but need two racks for the ribs. Should I use the first and third or is the fourth one ok to use? It seems awfully close to the heating element.