Had bought one of those brinkman smokin pits... dern thing rusted out on me. Did try to season it with vegatable oil. Grew up in the bar-b-que restaurant, but not accustomed to back-yard units and trying to keep rust down on stuff that gets used once in a while. Any one got suggestions on keeping rust at bay in this type of environment. I do prefer wood.. use a lot of green hickory and wind up smokin' chicken and ribs for several hours but am tired of rusting steel?!? suggestions??