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Hello everyone i am a beginner smoker and just joined the site this morning. Should of came here first to introduce myself. I'm 27 and from Central Pennsylvania. I am big into any aspect of hunting.. I hunt everything in every season except for muzzleloader. (dont care much for the ol' smokepoles) Squirrel, Rabbit, Grouse, Dove, Duck, Goose, Turkey, Deer, Bear... you get the point


i've always enjoyed cooking and Dad gave me his smoker that he used 1 time without using instructions or guidance and wondered why his food came out terrible. Win for me! Anyhow, i'm going to be smoking with a Masterbuilt Grandmac Electric.


I've smoked my first batch of venison snack sticks today while at work.. (i end up with some down time every now and then... work with my dad and brother so they dont mind when i said im smoking snacks for them to eat) I used 4lbs of ground venison and 1 lb of ground pork.. i used a stuffing attachment that came with my gander mountain grinder. I have them cut to various lengths but i was just experimenting with what size i wanted to stuff... A couple of beers were involved last night when stuff also lol.


(I need to invest in a stuffer, and my wife is buying the meat grinding attachment for her kitchen aid mixer so im excited for that)


Anyhow, here is a picture of my first batch.. thanks for those helping me earlier in my posts..

let them reach 165 degrees and let them sit for an hour.




last question i have if anyone cares to chime in...


It's cold right now in central PA.. (35 degrees approx)..

I dont have a closed in place to run my smoker to keep it out of the cold or wind.. can i make a little box out of plywood to fit around the smoker with the top off so i can shield it from wind and such? I can keep it under roof, but theres no doors on our little shed.. 




post #2 of 21

Welcome to the SMF!


You can definitely build a little plywood shelter around 3 sides as a  wind-break. 


Great looking "slim jims"!!!

post #3 of 21

Welcome to the family.

 can't help ya much w/ the windy cold . Down here in south Louisiana we stay inside if it gets below 35.

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Welcome to the SMF


Nice sticks

post #5 of 21

Welcome spangler. You can do almost anything you can think of!  Simply keep the 40- 140 rule in mind.  This is the place to be to answer any questions you have.




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Welcome to the SMF Family...And a Big HOWDY NEIGHBOR!...Well more or less, there are a bunch of PA guys that are starting to feel the bite of the local weather...Your enclosure will help maintain temps...Why not build it big enough for you to get out of the wind too, some guys have whole Smokin' Caves with Heat, Cold Beer and Tunes to smoke by!...JJ

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Great looking sticks!

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This site has tons of info.

I 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!!!



      Make bacon the easy way!!



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Welcome to SMF


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Welcome to the SMF


Tons of great advise here from experts who love this hobby and are not in it for the TV spots or the big $$. In my book these members here make better smokes than the so called big guys.

Please dont hesitate to ask for help on any questions you have.


Enjoy your stay and again WELCOME to the SMF




Bear is in PA and I lived in Lehighton but converted south...Hhehe



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post #14 of 21

Welcome Spangler2K3! 


Good idea on the plywood. 


I personally have used tarps and tarp clips as a wind break, and it works pretty well.  I have also used some rebar pounded into the ground, PVC pipe for vertical posts, and then stretched black plastic trash bags across the posts.


You can also use welding blankets  to attach and remove from your smoker to prevent heat loss.  I have even heard of people using moving blankets.


Just ideas you can discard.



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Howdy Neighbor.



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Welcome to SMF glad you have joined us !!!

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Welcome to SMF - lots of great folks here to help

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Welcome to SMF glad you can join us.  We are big on Pics and love to help everyone out.  Remember the only question that is dumb is one not asked.  You will not find a friendlier place to talk Que on the web.


You are going to fit in just fine..

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Welcome aboard!


Good luck and good smoking.

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