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New guy from Ohio,no kinda Georga, no Alabama???

Hey yall!! Ok, whats with the title??? I’m from Ohio, born and raised!! Met my DW from Georgia, fell in love with BBQ, (there was very little good BBQ in Ohio till a few years ago). We moved to Alabama for our jobs, to be closer the DW’s Family and a few other reasons. We are full timers living in or MH, based out of Birmingham, AL; I’m in sales and travel, A LOT, so the full time fits plus we love RVing!!

I first had truly great BBQ 10 years ago at a little place about an hour south of Atlanta, GA.

I fell in love and started messing around in Ohio at home with cheap grills, indirect grilling with homemade wood chip boxes, stainless plates, ect. Then I bought a cheap charcoal smoker and it worked ok, no it kinda sucked. Messed around with a few ground/pit smokers/grills, with ok results!! I have seen a bunch of homemade rigs and always wanted to build a reverse flow. I have several drawings of ideas of a multi-tasking unit but now it is difficult, no home or shop!!!

Then a few weeks ago we went to the Barsnville, GA BBQ and Blues Festival!!! I saw 10-20 different kind of units. Homemade, professional,and a few others. I got the bug, came home and found this site. I have spent hours surfing and finding great ideas. The original drawings were good but now they have to scaled back!!! I am working on the details and have a few “borrowed” ideas from the forum.

I can fabricate pretty well, weld OK, not real pretty but it gets better with time, draw well, (worked as a civil draftsman) and the key is, has a Dad who has a friend that can/will bend metal!!! One of my buddies I work with has a small mig unit and a garage and is willing to let me use his place!!! I’m going to finish up my drawings and post to see what advise I can get!!

Thanks for the great site, there is so much info here!!!!

Stay tuned!!!



post #2 of 11

Welcome to the SMF family!  This is truly an addiction, so you're in for the long haul!  Looking forward to those plans and the first Q-view!

post #3 of 11

Welcome to SMF - glad to have you here

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post #5 of 11

A hardy welcome to the SMF- newbie also here, but already have made good friends--A ton of worthwhile knowledge here and so many ready to share same.


post #6 of 11

Welcome aboard! Yea, those Georgia girls are pretty darn spectacular if I say so myself! xrocker.gif

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This site has tons of info.

I would suggest you spend some time reading all the different forums and the WIKIs.

Then use the handy dandy search tool for specific interests!!


Have a great day!!!





post #8 of 11

welcome to SMF its nice to have ya.. Have fun and Happy smoking

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Welcome to SMF, Glad to have you with us.

This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.

Many of our members have years of experience in smoking meat.  They are more than happy helping Newbies learn the art.

We have members who cure there own Bacon, Hams, Jerky, Snack Sticks, Make Their own Sausage, etc. if you want to learn,
this is the place. 

Don't be afraid to ask questions of them and follow their advice. You won't be sorry, you will be making great Q in no time at all...

Just remember, when curing your own meats follow the instructions included with the cure to the letter, this is not something to experiment with.  

Never use more cure no mater if it is Tender Quick or Cure #1 or Cure #2 than the manufacturer says to use, this can be very dangerous.

Tender Quick and Cure#1 or Cure #2 are not interchangeable, neither Cure #1 interchangeable with Cure #2 or vise versa


Tips For New Members.

  1. Go into your profile and Under Location put where you are.
  2. City & State or Area & State will do. This will help members when answering your questions.
  3. Go to ROLL CALL thread and tell us a little about Yourself (A Name We Can Call You) and Experience & Equipment.
  4. Do Not Post  your other questions and smokes in the Roll Call Forum.
  5. Post your questions and smokes in the Proper Forum, Beef, Pork, Sausage, Electric Smoker, Charcoal Smoker etc.
  6. Use the Wiki Section, many of our members have posted great tutorials and instructional threads so take advantage of them.
  7. When you can't find an answer ask plenty of questions, we have some highly experienced members willing to help you.
  8. When posting about your smokes be sure to post plenty of Qview (Pictures) Our Moto, "No Pics, Didn't Happen".
  9. Get a good Probe Thermometer, Don't Depend on the Built in Thermometer in your Smoker (They are notorious for being off).
  10. A good choice for a remote dual probe thermometer is the Maverick ET-732
  11. Remember, We Always Cook by Temperature and NOT BY TIME...
  12. Sign up for Jeff's 5-Day eCourse.  Click Here
  13. Don't Take Chances, Always Follow USDA Safety Guidelines When Handling Meat.
  14. If you are wanting to get into curing meat, there are many members here more than happy to help and give good advice.

  15. If you are unsure of a procedure ASK, don't ASSUME, It will make your Smoking experience much more pleasant...

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   Welcome.Tony. You have found an abundance of info. here;some of us are pros. and some like myself are Backyard Heros.Hang with us and soon the O.S.D. bug will get you.That's (Obseive Smoking Disorder);not a bad thing,just hard to get away from...all you do is talk and live for BBQicon_eek.gif.

   Have fun and stick around ,you may want to upgrade to: 





Have fun and...

post #11 of 11

Welcome to SMF Good to have you here

You are in the right place the folks here are help full and knowledgeable

Don’t forget the Qview  



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