I'm Judy, and I've been wanting to say "hi" since I signed up a couple of weeks ago, but some family issues are making it hard to get time to post. Let alone smoke anything. I've had a big Char-Griller (souped up a bit with modifications) for about 6 years and before that a little water smoker. I think the Char-Griller is on it's last legs, since here, right outside of Philadelphia, PA we've had some rough winters lately, and I'm seeing rust in places it's never been before. At least this year the wind didn't rip off the cover. I'm Cinderella, as I'd rather cook with wood than either charcoal or gas. Have a lot of cinders....
I usually only smoke a couple of times a month, and my favorite is ribs, and I can do a mean brisket. Been messing with bacon a lot, and would like to find a new smoker that will allow me to get the temperature down lower more consistently than the Char-Griller. Cook-a- holic should be my name because I do all sorts of weird stuff at home like make cheese, kraut and hard cider. Am going to smoke some duck confit I made in April next weekend if I can.
We have a family member in Hospice who is going to leave behind 2 pre-schoolers pretty soon, and I spend a fair amount of time with the kids. He's been my cooking buddy for the last few years, and I'm going to miss him (not just since he used to sit up at night with me and the briskets). So while I'm not posting, I am reading and dreaming about all the fun and good stuff you guys are all cooking up. Please keep it up, as it cheers me up a lot to know that the world is still normal, and smoky!
Hoping to really crank up the smoker once we get over this next family hurdle.