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Newbie here from Tampa, FL

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Well, the Tampa area anyway. Name's Alex, been lurking for a week or so. I was going to wait until I purchased my first smoker to register, but just thought why wait, haha.

Anyway, I myself am brand-spanking new to smoking, though I know a little from my dad who has been doing it as long as I can remember. I'm planning on buying a brinkmann vertical smoker, due to space and finance constraints. I've read that after some mods, it is a pretty capable smoker for the money.

Great resource here! Looking forward to learning and contributing!

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Welcome to SMF. There are a lot of very friendly & knowledgeable folks here to help you. I urge you to sign up for the free E-course. It will give you the basics, & even if you are an experienced smoker you may learn something new. Then start asking questions. Good luck & glad to have you aboard. Don't forget we all love Qview!   

post #3 of 14

welcome1.gif You will learn so much here.

post #4 of 14

Welcome Alex!



post #5 of 14

Alex, glad to have you make the leap from Lurker to Forum Member.  One of the nice things about coming on board not having a smoker is that you'll get to see what others are using and being able to ask questions. When you do get ready to pull the trigger and buy a smoker you'll be able to do so as a better informed consumer.


Enjoy the Smoke!

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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...

post #7 of 14



Welcome to the forum...fill your boots with all the priceless, time-saving advice, tips, and mods being offered by all the great people you'll meet here @ SMF.  This site makes you feel welcome and there truly is no such this as a dumb question here...the guys are super patient with us newbies.


Look forward to some Qview from you and pics of your new unit when you get it. 


( Just some newbie to newbie advice...IMHO...when looking at smokers, dont cheap out. You dont have to break the bank but getting a cheapo offset from the corner hardware store will most likely require heavy mods and adjustments to make smoking remotely enjoyable. A WSM is about $300 and will last a min of ten years + more if taken care of properly but thats my biased opinion--- I have both, a cheapo offset and a 18.5 WSM...guess which one I had first LOL)


Happy smoking,



Matt   canada-flag-14.gif


post #8 of 14


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!!!



 And sign up for the awesome free E-Course!!!


post #9 of 14

welcome......your gonna love this site!

post #10 of 14

Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.

post #11 of 14

Welcome to SMF Alex Good to have you here

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

Don’t forget the Qview


post #12 of 14

Welcome Alex! I wonder how many members are from Florida. I lived in Tampa for most of my life and decided to move a little farther north to get away from the big city (LOL) and wouldn't you know it they all followed me. Been living in the Lutz area now for 14 years.

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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the welcome all! Been browsing a bunch and see all kinds of great builds, recipes, and tips. I'm really excited to get into this! Signed up for the e course, good tips for a beginner like me. Thanks again all, looking forward to trying some of these recipes here.

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post #14 of 14

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

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