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Hi, I just built a smoker and just started experimenting.  My smoker is a 4 ft tank that is 20 inches in diameter.  It stands upright and has 8 shelves and a fire box to the side with a damper in between the firebox and the smoke box.  The temp is controlled with a PID and generally holds the temp perfect. There is a circulation fan that keep the temp constant from top to bottom.   I built the smoker primarily to make jerky but I can see there are a lot of options when it comes to smoking meat.  I know I will enjoy this site and learn alot from the experience of the people here

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Welcome aboard McGuyver. You'll learn more things here than you can ever imagine. I also live in KY, Western KY, Webster County. Whereabouts are you located?

 

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welcome1.gif   Glad to have you with us!

 

Sounds like an interesting build, got any photo's.

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Welcome aboard McGuyver!!! This place is great! Can't wait to see what your new smoker can do.

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Welcome aboard!

 

Pics of your build would be great, especially if it is in action.

 

Good luck and good smoking.

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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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Thanks so much everyone for the warm welcome.  I feel right at home.  I was feeling a little discouraged with my first attempt at making jerky a complete failure (literally the dog wouldn't eat it).  I've been making jerky in a dehydrator for years and everyone around here loves it.  I'm feeling a little more confident knowing there is such a wealth of knowledge available and nice guys to give experienced advice.  I Smoke it, I live in Bonnieville which is roughly 30 miles south of Elizabethtown.  I'm right off I-65.  I'm about 40 miles north of KYDave.  I look forward to trying new things and ironing out the bugs in my homemade smoker.  I'll post some pictures as soon as I take some.

-Richard

 

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Welcome to the SMF Family...Is the fan installed inside or out? If it is a fan that can take the heat please PM me with the info on it...Thanks Richard...JJ

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welcome1.gif to SMF. You have come to the right place for smoking info. This site is loaded with great info just use the search bar at top of page to find what you are looking for. If you can't locate the answer just ask folks here are willing to share there knowledge. I suggest you check out the 5 day e-course on smoking its chuck full of great info. Smoking Basics 5-Day eCourse

 

I love a good build if ya have pics of it please post

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Welcome..

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!!!


Craig

   

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First off welcome to SMF. 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 yu 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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Welcome McGuyver!

 

Please let us look over your shoulder by sending photos.  We love the photos.  Enjoy, and take advantage of all the resources available here from all over the world.  Your smoker sounds very interesting.  Hope you will send some photos of it.

 

GOOD LUCK!

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