Hi Everyone! My name is Jon and I'm addicted to smoking. Actually, I'm very new to the art. I was given a $59 electric smoker a couple of years ago and dabbled a bit. I just decided to make an investment at bought a 16" offset smoker from BBQ's Galore. It's similar to the SNP Brinkman you can get from Home Depot but the steel is thicker and a bit more heavy duty. I wasn't totally impressed with the fabrication and my first burn in was just that, a burn in. I couldn't control the temp and I was burning through fuel like crazy needless to say, I didn't quite know what I was doing. I am a technology consultant by trade so I referenced The Google for help as I normally would. I came across this site and it's completely changed my strategy and passion for smoking. The wealth of knowledge available here is great. As I type I'm in the middle of my second smoking adventure with my new rig. This week I learned about the Minion method, convection plate and several other mods I may be trying down the road. I put together a make shift basket for the firebox, and used a catering tray notched around the opening to the firebox as a temporary convection box until the one I ordered from Horizon comes in. My 4 racks of ribs (rub recipe purchased from this site) have been sitting in the smoker for the past 2 hours steady at 230*. I feel like a pro!
Anyway, thanks for everyone's input on this site. I'm looking forward to sharing what I learn and learning from the seasoned experts.
Have a great weekend.