I heard a lot of good things about this forum and wish I would have joined before buying my first smoker last nite!! oh well...
I've been using our old gas grill (converted to charcoal after the roommates tried to grill while I was out of town) to do some smoking and get my feet wet with the whole style of cooking. My last attempt was at some St. Louie style ribs and my first try using the 3-2-1 method. I was pretty impressed by the taste and result.
My biggest problem was the amount of charcoal i used to cook ONE rack of ribs. I tried covering up the openings with stuff laying around the house (some rain gutter, beer cans, etc)..which did help, but I'm sure I used 25+ lbs. of charcoal.....I knew there had to be a better way to get great results. So I bought a Brinkmann vertical last nite from home depot and am pumped to get it cured and smokin!!! I believe I got stuck with an older model as it has magents for the doors instead of the spring handle. Your thoughts?? Is this bad??
I've read up on a few mods, and sounds like I'm going to be getting a veggie wok and new thermometer tonite.
Anyway, glad to join the forum and any tips to point me in the right direction for getting started are appreciated!!!!