Hello, I am a long-time foodie that doesn't practice the craft of cooking nearly as often as I would like. I started my bbq and smoking journey making and selling my own barbecue sauce at a local farmer's market in college, instead of getting a "real job" during the summers.
I was recently wandering down the aisles at Lowe's and found the market for electric smokers. I had no idea that these existed and I am excited by the idea of applying new technology to a centuries old practice. Originally I wanted to buy an MES 30 for ~$200 or build one myself. I didn't think I could build one that would be better for the price, until I realized I had an old gas oven. As an appliance engineer, ovens are my thing. I now have that money I would have spent on the MES to build up a PID-controlled old oven smoker.
Just saying hi from Louisville, I hope to get the smoker project underway in the next few months.