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Life on the river is about to get a lot better.  I finally got around to putting together my AmeriCue SM066.  I have a BGE but I am looking forward to the simplicity of the CookShack.  Today, I will season the smoker for about 6 hours at 275 with 4oz of hickory.  Tomorrow, I plan to smoke some chicken thighs for the first meal.  

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That’s a great point, Maria-Anne!  I will definitely keep the safety ring in case I need it later.  

My chicken thighs turned out great!  However, I have learned an early lesson about adding too much wood to the smoker.  I used the hickory chunks that came with the SM066.  It was a smoky meal for sure.  In the future, I might try apple or pecan.  A few ounces of wood goes along way with a CookShack, which is one more reason I can see that I will use it a lot more than my BGE.  

I thought I would share this tip for splitting chunks of wood for my AmeriQue SM066.  The Kindling Cracker is something I use for my outdoor and indoor fireplaces to split smaller pieces of wood.  It works great since you are forcing the wood through the splitter blade rather than trying to swing an ax into a small piece of wood.  Works great for splitting the hickory chunks I received with the AmeriQue smoker.  It is nice to have some smaller pieces sometimes to avoid over smoking your food.  

More details can be found at https://www.kindlingcracker.com/ or https://www.northerntool.com/s..._200647343_200647343



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