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Hello everyone, I'm new to smoking.  I have been an avid amateur cook for several years, but have not done much in the smoking world.  I went to Mesquite last year and happened to be there during a smoking contest and fell in love with the endless uses of a smoker.  I have a Smoky Mountain Gas Smoker that I originally purchased to smoke salmon.  Living in Alaska we tend to have more salmon than we know what to do with and smoking is a great way to make it last and to take it with us camping and fishing.  I just started out trying a few racks of Ribs and tomorrow I am going to try my hand at a pork shoulder.  I look forward to learning from all of you and to sharing what I learn with each of you.  The biggest problem I have with smoking in Alaska is the season is short.  I can never get my smoker up to temp in the winter. I wrapped it in a blanket one year, but that didn't go over well with my wife, as the blanket was pretty much ruined after that.  If any of you have found a way to extend the season into the winter months I would love your input. 

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JD, Welcome and morning....    Sounds like you should "COLD" smoke in the winter... HAHAHAHA.....  just kidding....  You may have to build a very well insulated smoker....  Maybe an UDS.... ugly drum smoker.... so the fire box and the smoke chamber are 1 unit.... and insulate very well using Rock Wool, KaoWool type insulation.....  Just a thought..... 

Anyway, glad you stopped by the forum.... Great folks here willing to help, share recipes and learn new stuff from others.... sounds like you are already hooked to the smoking addiction.... while here, enjoy the long smokey ride....  

 

Dave

 

Here are the threads on UDS builds... FYI.....

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/f/199/uds-builds

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Welcome to the forum JD,  glad you decided to join us.  Looking forward to some Qview of nice smoked salmon, love the stuff but don't get much of it down here.

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Welcome to the forums JD.. good screen name... another option for the winter is to build a little shed thats well insulated and put smoker inside that...
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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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Welcome to SMF welcome1.gif lots of great info here. grilling_smilie.gif
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Welcome...I would recommend a Kamado kooker which is well insulated. I use a Chargriller but others are also sold. The Big Green Egg is much higher priced but also would do you well in the winter.....good luck and happy smoking.......biggrin.gif

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