I have a new smoker...don't know anything about smoking

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by gene pool, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. gene pool

    gene pool Newbie

         Hello everyone. My name is Bill though I go by Gene Pool in the cyber world. I live in northeast Texas out in the bonnies where we raise cattle and grass for the cattle to eat.  I am supposed to be retired.  Recently at our county fair the local high school FFA class entered a smoker for auction, and ol' Gene Pool won it. The smoker is horizontal, made of two pieces of 3/8" thick, 22" diameter pipe, one piece being the fire box and the other piece (42” long) for the goodies. The thing weighs about 400 pounds…maybe more.  When I get ready to put it in the shop for storage, I use a tractor with front-end loader to lift and tote it.

         I know nothing about smoke or bar-b-que cooking--one could say I am as green as a gourd.  So be expecting some very amateur questions and comments. 

         I am not very good at posting pictures, but if all goes well two are shown below of the new smoker.

    Gene Pool


  2. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Nice smoker.Looks like a tank.
  3. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Very nice smoker and good for you for buying it....that baby is gonna last. Thumbs Up

    Welcome to the SMF, where there are no dumb questions, and we all are willing to help. You are going to love it here!

  4. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome aboard, Bill.

    We call smokers like that tank of yours "horizontal offset smokers" and there are many here who use them.

    If you know nothing about smoking, you have come to the perfect place.  The folks here will have you smoking like a pro in no time!

    Good luck and good smoking.
  5. smokey mo

    smokey mo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Well Bill,

    I think you are gonna have so much fun with that thing that the cows are gonna think they are next.   

    Take Jeff's 5 day E-course and start playing with the easy things: ribs-pork shoulder and the like.  If you like peppers they become even more amazing after a little smoke is applied.

    Being in Texas you should have access to what us in the northwest only dream of getting ahold of.

    Great score. Cant wait to see how things start turning out for you.

    I know there are plenty of Lone Star Smokers on this forum I am sure they will stop by to say hey!

    Try this link:


    good luck
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2011
  6. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  7. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    wow...now that's a smoker....good score. All excellent suggestions above....take the free course, read, read, read old posts on what you're thinking of smoking for more great ideas and info. Welcome to the SMF, best place to be
  8. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome aboard,great raffle win lucky you have a front end loader!
  9. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Correction auction buy.Nice to see high school kids building something practical. 42 in is a big payload,lucky t=you already have cows.
  10. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    [​IMG]    Glad to have you with us!

    Great looking smoker!
  11. gene pool

    gene pool Newbie

    Thank you so much for the warm welcome. I love reading the threads--lots of friendly folks with great suggestions.
  12. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Nice smoker and good luck you have a lot of reading to do..You will make it...don`t forget the Q-View...Nice place !!!
  13. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    You are gonna love this place I can honestly say I have learned more on this forum than any other single resource.  
  14. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  15. WELCOME from SOUTH TEXAS, (down on the Coastal Bend by Corpus Christi)

    Something you might want to think about;

    Try cleaning as much surface rust off the outside of the smoker, treat it with a good coat of Ospho (?), than a couple coats of Rustolium paint.  That should keep your newly acquired smoker around for a looooong time. 

    Not sure how close you are to any body of water but, the HUMIDITY in Texas can be just about as deadly to metal as the salt air here in Rockport.

    You will get MANY ideas from the SMF members, and GOOD advise.  So Read, Try, Tweak, and SMOKE ON!!!


  16. raymo76

    raymo76 Smoking Fanatic

    Welcome Gene, that smoker looks like a beast! I suspect you'll be producing some quality BBQ on that in no time.
  17. Welcome Gene, looks like you are well on your way,I see that TBL coming out of the metalic beast.
  18. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL---I found your chicken smoke before I found this thread. I just came from there.

    So Welcome Gene !!!

  19. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Welcome to your new Addiction
  20. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member


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