Cooking with Landmann Vertical Smokers is easy, just follow these steps.
Fill the wood chip box with flavoring wood chips and place the box inside the vertical smoker as instructed in the assembly section of the manual. Refer to the section that explains flavoring wood for recommended use of flavoring wood.
Place the water bowl inside the vertical smoker in the lowest rack position as explained in the assembly section of this manual. Carefully fill the later bowl with water or marinade up to 1 inch below the rim. A full bowl will last for approximately 2-3 hours. Do not overfill or allow water to overflow from the water bowl.
Insert or adjust the cooking grids in to the desired rack positions. For better access to the food with tongs or spatulas, make sure the grid wires run front to back as explained in the assembly section of this manual.
You are now ready to light the burner. Refer to the Lighting Procedure on the previous pages of this manual. The heat from the burner will allow the wood chips to burn, causing the flavoring smoke to accumulate. Adjust the dampers to control the heat.
Place the food on the cooking grids in a single layer with space between each piece. This will allow smoke and hot moisture to circulate evenly around all the food pieces.
Smoking for 2 to 3 hours at the ideal constant cooking temperature of 225° to 250° F (110° to 120° C) will get the best results. This temperature is according to the heat indicator mounted on the front of the smoker. For more tender and heavily smoked meat, a lower temperature may be preferred. If time is critical, a higher temperature range is recommended.
Check water level periodically and add water if low. For best results and to retain heat, avoid opening the door of the smoker while in use. When the door must be opened, only open it briefly. The smoker will quickly resume cooking temperature after the door is closed.
Always use a meat probe thermometer to ensure food is fully cooked before removing it from the vertical smoker.
After each use, and after the vertical smoker is cooled, carefully remove the grease pan from the bottom of the smoker, empty the grease, and clean the grease pan.
Landmann vertical smokers are built to last but it is still important to maintain them properly as this will increase their life.