No, don't sand it, you're just going to have to start again. My only advice here is to keep going, once they're broken in they're damn good smokers and well worth the two or three terrible smokes during break in.
Yeah that first smoke was pretty bad. But I'm sure I'll get the Ozarks broken in nicely. I'll keep smoking them, no worries
Glad I bought both the bent and straight versions. I'm wondering what blends to dedicate them to. My first smoke in the bent Ozark was Burley, but I might use them for aromatics after the break in.