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I'm a complete noob but I'm an old fahrt (look it up; it's German).  I've grilled for 50 years or more but never really learned smoking techniques.  I've deep fryed turkeys for years.  I want to learn how to smoke brisket, pork shoulder, poultry and go from there.  I have 2 cookers at present.  One is a very small portable Weber charcoal grill.  It's big enough to do what little grilling we still do.  The other is a 3 burner gas grill for which I have a griddle and a wok.  It doesn't get much use these days.


I'm trying to decide what sort of smoker to buy for low temperature smoking.  I've read several articles advising against the sort that I've got a jones for - the horizontal offset smoker.  Being retired - and poor - I don't have much of a budget.  I can probably find a used hor. offset smoker at a reasonable price, but I don' t know what to look for and what to avoid; so I've about decided to buy a new one called a Hondo Smoker.


I've read a lot of advice about getting and using a Weber kettle or egg style grill.  Again, I don' t know enough to know whether this is a good idea, especially because I'm a beginner.


As for bio data, I'm in my 70th year married to my high school sweetheart for 50+ years.  Our only daughter is grown and about to get married to a fine young man.  I spent my working life in IT.  I started as a mainframe computer operator and soon learned programming.  Wrote my first program in 1965 and hung up my spikes as a CIO.  Most of my career was in the finance industry or in the software development industry.

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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.

Ask questions and use the handy dandy search tool for specific interests!!

Take the awesome free E-Course!!!

Have a great day!!!



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post #3 of 10

A hearty welcome1.gif Rabbithutch,you'll like it here,lot's of info.and the willingness to share it with you.


I too was a Central Texan,Temple to be exact. Married a oihO girl and (choke) moved.I miss Home....perpetual Summer with an ice storm thrown in for good measure


Keep in touch with us and show your stuff in Q-view  or  in your Profile.Here's my addiction:


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post #4 of 10

Welcome aboard!


Lots of old farts here, starting with me!


Good luck and good smoking.

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welcome1.gif   Glad to have you with us!

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Welcome aboard. Glad to have you with us.


Plenty of info here and lots of great folks to help with anything.


We all love the Qview.



Happy Smokin'




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Thread Starter 

Thanks for the warm welcome.  I have a feelin' I'm gonna spend a lot of time on this forum.


To oldschoolbbq, I'm in your home town but I spent the first half century of my life in central NC.

post #8 of 10

Welcome Rabbithutch!!!


We can always use another Texan!!


We got a great bunch of them here already----Great Smokers!!



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Welcome to our little global family!  I'm a transplanted Texan out of NY - UPSTATE NY, not "New Yawk Sittee", lol.  10 yrs your junior, marred 40 years (got the first half over with!).  Brought up in a country store that specialized in smoking meats in a town of 500 people and 3,000 cows and one real happy bull, lol!  Moved to Fort Worth in '97, best thing I ever did besides joining SMF!  You'll find all the help you need on here, or we'll direct you to someone who can help!  Welcome!

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