I'm a newbie to Cookshack smoking. I would encourage all other newbies to just get some meat on the heat.
So far I've tried ribs (SL style), a small brisket, leg of lamb, and this morning made my first homemade beef jerky, ever. It was excellent.
I've made good friends with the neighborhood butcher. Had him slice 3 pounds of london broil, marinated thet with worchestirshire sauce, soy sauce, black pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. Marinated overnight in a 1 gallon plastic bag.
This morning smoked with 3 oz. mesquite chips (Cookshack does not recommend using would chips in the Cookshack smoker.) However, I wanted to see if wood chips would work and how much smoke I would get. It seemed like much more than with wood chunks and only lasted about 1 hour.
Anyway, smoked for 1 hour, turned and rotated meat as suggested in the Cookshack cookbook that came with the smoker, and smoked another hour. wasn't quite done so added another 1 hour cooking time (perhaps due to altitude)
Turned out great, took a sample to the butcher, he loved it, gonna let the boy scouts try a sample later this week (if I don't eat it all first)
By the way, that 3 pounds of meat yielded 1# 4 oz. jerky.
I've got a bunch more ideas for smoking. Can't wait.
Keep on smokin'.