A Big Hello from England! This forum has really inspired me to take up smoking and curing at home.
My aim is to spend as little as possible on equipment, so I can afford to buy the best possible fresh local ingredients. My first step has been to build a DIY hot smoker from a plastic garden tool store, lined with celotex insulation. The heat comes from a 1500W electric hob with a cast iron pan for the wood chips. There's a four inch chimney on top with a crude damper, and some air inlet holes below. First attempts have been pretty encouraging but more by luck than judgement, so I'm in the process of building a PID controller - stand by for a separate post about the output current, which is driving me mad!
Looking forward to learning even more from you guys, and sharing some ideas and inspiration from the UK.