In this video from Lowe's we learn how to use a gas smoker. This tip comes from Lowe's. You can cook with a smoker anytime of year. He is using a gas smoker. Keep this away from siding. The fire source heats the moist wood chips, which release the smoke that flavors the food. You need tongs and a meat thermometer for sure. Before you cook for the first time, season the smoker by smoking some wood chips without food in it. He is cooking a pork shoulder which he uses a dry rub, wraps in plastic and puts in the fridge overnight. The next day he takes it out and lets it come back to room temperature for about a half hour. Also soak the wood chips in water for about a half hour. Use wood chips only from packages that are for cooking. Now to prep the smoker, make sure the connections are secure and check burner for blockage. Remove the water tray and line with aluminum foil, add water place it back in smoker. Fill the box with wood chips, place on rack, partially open vents on side and smoke stack. With burner off and door open, turn on propane tank, push and hold igniter button for 2 seconds, now turn on burner. WHen lit, close door and put burner on high. Open door, place meat on bottom rack fat side down. Cook 1 to 1 1/2 hours per pound and temp between 225 - 250 degrees. Let the meat cook, check temp. Cook about 2 hours before flipping. You can add wood chips if they stop smoking. Add vinegar or apple juice to wood chips to keep moist. Take pork out spritz, cover with foil, back in pan for another 2 hours. Check temperature of meat. You want it at least 160 degrees. Remove when ready and let it sit for 15 minutes. Now you're ready to eat!