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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hi all,


New here and checking in. Located in Northern California and ready to do some smoking... I've got on of the "El Cheapo" smokers from the local box store, and after a long day of trying to regulate the temp I started searching for what modifications were needed to make the smoker work. Found lots of good info and will be making mods later to day. Looking forward to searching this site for more info.



post #2 of 12

Welcome to the SMF Family, Fisher711.


You'll find that a lot of folks started out smoking on a "El Cheapo" smoker and then move up to something bigger and better. The "El Cheapo" was my first smoker, I still have it plus 3 other smokers. You could say that I have the 4 fuel sources cover, electric; propane, charcoal and wood.


Enjoy the Smoke!

post #3 of 12


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!!!


  Also take the outstanding free E-Course!







post #4 of 12


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 #5 of 12

Welcome to SMF!

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post #7 of 12

Welcome to SMF - lots of great info here to help you.

post #8 of 12

Welcome to SMF its nice to have ya.. Have fun and Happy smoking icon14.gif

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post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

Wow guys thanks for all the hello's... Mike

post #11 of 12

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

post #12 of 12

Welcome to SMF Mike I am glad  you joint us

Don’t forget the Qview


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