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The new guy in town...

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Good morning all,


I'm Mike, a new smoker from Salem, Oregon. I've had some interest in learning to smoke my own meat (bacon, sausage, plus the usuals) since I lived in a tiny village in Kosova where they seemed to cold/hot smoke just about everything. I don't know why it's taken me so long but better late than never.


At this point I'm trying to decide what to do about a hot smoker because as a father of four, husband of one, and living on a single teacher's salary I don't have an enormous amount of discretionary income to use. So if you have any suggestions let me know, I'm open to any advice.


As for cold smoking I'm definitely going with the AMNPS and since summer break is just about here I thought I might build my own plywood cold smoke box for out on the patio. I can't wait for that cheese, bacon, and authentic Kosovar Suxhuk! It's going to be a delicious summer!


Anyway, nice to meet you all and I look forward to becoming an expert through all the wisdom here on the forums!



post #2 of 7

Welcome to SMF Mike,   Look up the UDS builds, if you can get a drum they are easy to build and not to much cost involved. 

post #3 of 7
Glad you joined us Mike, welcome1.gif from North Dakota!
A inexpensive smoker that is dependable and well known for running steady temps is a UDS (Ugly Drum Smoker) Basicly a homemade vertical 55 gallon barrel that you can spend as little or as much as you like putting it together. Here is a good link to give you some ideas -
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Welcome to the forums, Mike! 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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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 just might meet a few neighbors here!


Jeff offers a free 5 day E-Course.  It's packed with great information to matter what your experience level might be! 


If you didn't read the "Terms of Service" notes.....please do.  There are a few things that everyone should know about those pesky little rules before plunging into the forums.


If you need any help roaming around the forums....just holler!  Happy to help out!

Happy Memorial Day! smilie_flagge13.gif



post #6 of 7
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Hey everyone. Thanks for the warm welcomes. I'm excited to dig in and get a new hobby started. After looking at some of the UDS posts in the forums I think I just might give one a try. Would be a nice project for my summer break. 


Again, thanks for the welcome and I'll see you around...



post #7 of 7
Hi Mike! :welcome1:to SMF!!! We're happy you joined us!
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