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Howdy From NorCal

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I'm new here obviously and well I'll be new to smoking once I get started. I've been grilling for a long time on both charcoal and gas. I cook for family, friends and myself. I love to cook, but consider myself a cooking newbie. I recently started the Paleo diet so every meal is centered around large portions of lean meat, fish, poultry and therefore I've decided its time to expand my cooking skills to low and slow.


I may build a UBS just to get started A.S.A.P.. However, I'd really like to build or buy a used offset. To build an offset I will either have to convince one of my welder friends to help me out or learn to weld somehow I guess. My budget pretty tight, California isn't exactly the BBQ capitol of the world so I may have difficulty finding a used offset. I would mind refurbishing an abused one if I can find one, my main concern is that it cooks properly and is built well out of heavy steel. I pretty handy with tools when I have to be so it shouldn't be too much of a problem, but I'm sometimes too much of a perfectionist.


Any and all suggestions, assistance with be greatly appreciated.



post #2 of 13
Welcome to SMF Tom.

Im in NorCal also. Where are you at. Im about a hour from Tahoe.

Glad to have you here.
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I live in Elk Grove...I spend as much time as I can up that way Fly Fishing.

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I live in Elk Grove...I spend as much time as I can up that way Fly Fishing.

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cool we have another member Fishwrestler that lives in that area.
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Hello and welcome1.gifto SMF - glad you joined in 


Please do us a favor and update your profile with your location 


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Welcome to SMF...welcome1.gif................I was on ebay and found a company who sells 55-gallon drums for making UDS. Here is the link.


Don't know anything about this seller but thought I would share the link with you. The price looks pretty good if you can't find a free one...



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Hello and welcome to SMF!

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Welcome to SMF its nice to have ya.. There is lots to learn  and great people to learn from.. Have fun and Happy smoking..

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Thank for the warm welcome everyone!



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Welcome to the forum. You will find alot of good info here.
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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. Check out  the 5 day e-course on smoking its chuck full of great info, and may help ya out. Smoking  5-Day e-Course 

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