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Hello from Iowa

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My name is Donnie and I hail from Iowa City Iowa, home of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. I work as a nurse at the local VA Medical Center taking care of america's hero's. I am also a 20 year vet myself.

I got my smoker about a year ago, it is a Brinkman electric. I did some research and talked with a couple of people who have smokers and decided electric was the way for me to start out. Other than adding wood for smoke it is pretty much idiot proof and I have had pretty good results. My smoker gets up to about 250 degrees and stays there... as advertized. I find that I often have to "finish" on my gas grill as I have a hard time getting anything hotter than about 180 degrees. I understand meats goes into a stall, I find that even after hours in the stall it won't get any hotter. I am to impatient?

Anyway thats my story, I have been smoking at least a  couple times a month (more in the summer) year around and really enjoy the results. I still have alot of things I want to try and really appreciate Jeff's site for info, recipies and his awsome rub. I look ofrward to the forums. Good Day.

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Hello Donnie and welcome1.gifto SMF - glad to have you here with us

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Welcome to the SMF Family...JJ

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My name is Donnie and I hail from Iowa City Iowa, home of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. I work as a nurse at the local VA Medical Center taking care of america's hero's. I am also a 20 year vet myself.  Thank you for your service!

 

I got my smoker about a year ago, it is a Brinkman electric. I did some research and talked with a couple of people who have smokers and decided electric was the way for me to start out. Other than adding wood for smoke it is pretty much idiot proof and I have had pretty good results. My smoker gets up to about 250 degrees and stays there... as advertized. I find that I often have to "finish" on my gas grill as I have a hard time getting anything hotter than about 180 degrees. I understand meats goes into a stall, I find that even after hours in the stall it won't get any hotter. I am to impatient?  The stall usually occurs in the 145* internal temp range.  Might be one or both of your thermos is/are inaccurate or not properly calibrated.  Check both with boiling water.  You should be able to get higher internal temps if your smoker is truly generating 250*.

 



 

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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..
 
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!!!
 
 
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welcome1.gif  Glad to have you with us!

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Welcome to the forum.

Always good to see another Iowan on the site

You'll enjoy all the helpful members here

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Welcome to the forum.

Always good to see another Iowan on the site

You'll enjoy all the helpful members here



Welcome to the site.  Like Arnie said,  Good to see another Iowan here.  I have only been on here a few days and I will say that this is the most helpful forum I have ever seen.  These guys are great.

 

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Hello Donnie,

 

Welcome to SMF. I've only been a member and active for week and I'm kicking my "pork butts" that I didn't join this sooner. Get ready to take your smoking to higher levels.

 

G

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Donnie, I am also a new member. Had an interesting experience with the temperature plateau this past weekend. You may want to check out my introductory post on Roll Call entitled:

New member... Meat Hound, a bit about me and my smoker's maiden voyage

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Welcome aboard, Donnie!

 

And thank you not only for your service, but for all you are doing for our fellow veterans.

 

Good luck and good smoking.

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welcome1.gif to SMF Donnie. 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 take  the 5 day e-course on smoking its chuck full of great info.Smoking Basics 5-Day eCourse

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