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Hi my name is Casey. I'm 29 and love my wife and 6 (almost 7) year old daughter. I just started trying to smoke anything on the grill, a few weekends ago I smoked some chickens with Dr. Pepper cans. They turned out really good for my first time trying it. I had problems keeping the temp in the grill hot enough but I have done some research and think I figured my problem out. I have a charcoal grill with a smoke box on the side right now. I told my wife I want a propane fueled smoker but she said that she doesn't like the taste from a propane smoker. Which one would any of you suggest? I've been doing research on building a smoker versus buying one and as far as I see if I were to eventually start cooking in competitions I would build one since I'm a welder but for backyard smoking it would be better to just go buy one. Let me know what y'alls thoughts are on this.

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Welcome to SMF..........welcome1.gif


A couple answers to your questions regarding smokers.


I would consider buying a Yoder or a Lang. I am going to buy a Lang since it is a true reverse flow smoker. 1/4" steel and weighs 608 lbs. The 36" original patio will be in my backyard soon.


Yoder makes an excellent stick burner too. If you want a pellet smoker Yoder has a first class unit. Traeger makes a pellet style also. Here is Yoders site.


Here is another web site of a guy who uses the yoder on all his videos.


Lang and Yoder are two companies who's products are competition grade.


Good luck and have fun....grilling_smilie.gif

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  Welcome to the forum Casey! Glad to have you. This is the place to learn all that you never knew you didn't know! I'm with RTBBQ2, for competition, buy a Lang reverse flow. If you are not in a hurry, study it and the forums and build your own. For backyard smoking, what you have will suffice when you learn it's ups and downs. Can't wait to see your Q-view!




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Welcome, from Slidell  CaseyP

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welcome1.gif to SMF .
UDS are cheap to build. Super easy to control the temp.
will burn 20+ hours on full charcoal basket .
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Hello Casey and welcome1.gifto SMF - glad to have you here 


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

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

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I went a little while ago and bought some spare ribs to smoke along with my brisket flat tomorrow. If I remember I'll take some pics so y'all can see how it turns out. And thanks for the welcome!

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After looking at some of the UDS smokers on here that might be the way I go for now. I have 3 of those barrels with lids at my house, I got them for free so I could put deer corn in them. I may start on one of these smokers this weekend. If I do I'll start a thread else where.

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Welcome Casey! Good luck on the UDS, you are on the road already! Enjoy!
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I have an older air compressor at the house that I don't think works. I got a new compressor a few months ago. I'm pretty sure that my barrels are lined with red paint and from what I've read those are a pain to deal with. So what I may do is take the power head off the compressor and cut a few doors in it and go from there, we'll see though.


What is y'alls opinion on a smoker like this?

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Hello Casey and welcome1.gif to SMF!

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Hey man...been seeing a few from our area 'round here lately...maybe we need an ArkLaTex chapter... :)

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Hi Casey, Welcome to the forum. I live in Gonzales just below Baton Rouge. I had a Brinkman ECB for a few years but always had trouble holding temps with ti. I started liking for a new one and finally settled ot the Weber Smokey Mountain. The ease of operation is amazing. I can hold 225 degrees for over ten hours. I don't think I would have anything else.

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welcome1.gif to SMF from Denham Springs .....

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