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Greetins from Indiana (Fishers and Indianapolis)

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Hello everyone,


My name is Jewell and I am somewhat new to the forum. I have been very impressed with the information, resources and input from forum members regarding the great hobby of smoking. Not being a pro... I have much to learn and look forward to continuing my research while trying to improve my skill level.


Right now I use a Outdoor Seasons Hiland HIL3041-SMK BBQ Smoker With Side Firebox Grill and have a few questions. Most pressing, how can you maintain a consistent 250 degree temperature with a smoker that has no temperature gauge? Very frustrating at times...


Thanks again to everyone for making this forum such a great source of information. I am very excited to be a member.





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Welcome aboard, Jewell!


Here is a little gadget I rigged up for use with a wired thermometer probe.  Two pieces of 1 X 2 joined with a screw to swivel.  Three holes for the probe at varying heights.  One of these on each side of the pit will give you a good idea of your temps.


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Good luck and good smoking.

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welcome1.gifto SMF - glad to have you here

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welcome1.gif To SMF We are glade your here.  If you already haven't check out the 5 day e-course on smoking. It's chuck full of great info, even for veteran smokers it's a good read. Smoking Basics 5-Day eCourse


As to how to monitor temps with out a temp gage. Get your self a digital probe thermometer place probe threw a potato and place it on the grate. I do like the suggestion on the probe holder mentioned above, going to make myself 1. I have a gage on my smoker but the probe is much more reliable. 

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Welcome to the SMF Family...There are plenty of people to answer any questions you may have...JJ

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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!!



post #7 of 15

Welcome. Nice to see someone else from Indiana. I am in Fort Wayne. 

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Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone... feeling right at home.

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Welcome to SMF  welcome1.gif

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Welcome to SMF Jewell! Glad to have you aboard!

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Welcome, Jewell! Please let us look over your shoulder by sending photos.  We love the photos.  Enjoy, and take advantage of all the resources available.  GOOD LUCK!

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First off welcome to SMF there Jewel. It sounds like you have an easy fix problem Digital Thermometer.You'll really like this place for there are a bunch of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking meat. Then if you have any questions you just post them here or you can try in chat for a faster answer. If you are really new to all of this I would recommend that you look up and take the e-course. It is free and it will also give you the basics on smoking. So with all that said now go and get something to smoke.


Welcome To Your New Addiction

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Hey Jewell Im on 96th street.

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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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