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hi all, im dave, I live on the coast of england. Thought about getting a bbq for some time and stumbled across smoking looked into it a bit more, not ever remember tasting genuine smoked food in my entire adult life i decided to give it a go and dip my toe in the water, i say toe as i didnt go out and buy a very expensive smoker, probably a mistake but hey ho, I purchased a offset smoker from kd and jay online, i went to season it yesterday and it leaks like a biyatch but ill see if i can make any mods to it. I had to season twice aswell, as the first time i soaked my wood chips for around 35mins before hand but placed them directly over the coals, which was fine at first and i could smell this lovely hickory smoke, then after about 5-10 mins it turned into a thick white nasty smelling smoke that just bellowed out of every orafic for about 10mins (the eye watering kinda smoke!) did it again but this time wrapped my chips in foil with holes in, was better, still not exact, guess im gonna have to play with temp im hoping to cook on it this weekend, going for chicken maybe a rib rack....got a dry rub sorted, debating whether to brine chicken before hand? and some home made mopping sauce anybody got any tips relating to the above feel free to help link to the smoker http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cylinder-Shaped-Luxury-Charcoal-Smoker/sim/B0058BRD7E/2 cheers all dave
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Hello from the midlands.  ( please see my profile ).  My avatar has that same offset.  12 yrs. ago I had to get it from Germany.  Was all I could get in the U.K.  Things are different now.  I haven't modified my hardly at all.  It does leak but I have almost 40 yrs. experience playing with this stuff.  It'll surprise you after you experiment and learn to control heat so, for money spent not a bad start.  Chicken and ribs would be a good start.  Just use your vent and stack damper to help control it.  Keep air flowing.  If I can help with anything or sourcing things in the U.K.  Please feel free to shoot me a PM.  I am trying to monitor a few new folks in the U.K. and offer advice or tell them where to get good advice if outta my limited knowledge range.  Experiment.  Do you research and ask questions.  People here are a great bunch and they share their knowledge willingly.  Good Luck.  Have fun..  Keep Smokin!

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Thanks kc5!

Once I'm back on a laptop ill check out your profile and probably pm you
Cheers for all the info

Midlands huh? I moved to the coast a couple of years ago from solihull!

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welcome1.gifto SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! Would you mind updating your profile to show the other SMF members where you are located?  You might meet a few neighbors and there are several in your neck of the woods that have joined lately!


Jeff offers a free 5 day E-Course.  It's packed with great information to use...no matter what your experience level might be!  http://www.smoking-meat.com/smoking-basics-ecourse


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Welcome to the forums, Dave!  Glad you've joined us.  You've found a great place to learn and share ideas on our favorite pastime...grilling and smoking great food!  There are lots of friendly and knowledgeable people here who really enjoy helping one another.  Just ask when you need help and you'll get plenty!


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Hello , Dave. We are so glad to have you here in the Best BBQ Forum in the World. LOL


First , I am a stick burner and never,I said 'Never' soak wood. The smoke will always be 'White and Thick' that way. Get a good coalbase going and follow this to help you get that Smoker going as it should.


You have leaks , we have soultions. Mention (or better yet, send a Q-view of your Smoker ) and someone will gladly help you . Also ,paruse the threads to find Members in your area , tes , Dave . there a bunch of Red-White and Blue allover folks here; get together and share ideas if possible.


Here's some reading for you:http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/newsearch?search=stickburning101


check it out and see if you can improve your outcome.


Hope this helps , and from one Brit Blood to another. . .

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Hi Dave! welcome1.gif to SMF!!! We're happy you joined us!
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1st off thanks for the warm welcome and hi to all

And thanks for the links put on your messages they really help and have already answered a few questions I was going to ask!
So that's saved me some time

I'll probably fluke a great bbq smoke session this saturday and spend the rest of my life trying to unsuccessfully re-create that day

Again thanks all for the welcome

Its already made my smoking experience great

Now where's that butt rub

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