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Hey everyone, name's Alan. I have been grilling for a little over twenty years, just the basics. Burgers and dogs, chicken, pork chops, occasional steak. I decided i wanted to branch out to smoking after eating brisket that a buddy of mine brought to a football watch party. I did some research, and felt for the price this was the perfect smoker for me to start on. So I bought a green Master Forge charcoal smoker from Lowe's last summer and have gotten some good smokes out of it without any mods. Did a pork shoulder for some pulled pork last weekend for Memorial Day that would melt in your mouth, the family raved about it. Have tried a couple of briskets as well with mixed results.  I was impatient (I know, rookie mistake!) and pulled off a little too soon. I've been checking out the YouTube videos of mods done to my model of smoker. I'll be ordering some vent dampers in the next week, then the work will begin. It is difficult to keep the fire going after a while because the ash clogs the vents in the bottom of the charcoal pan. I bought a Weber charcoal rack that fits perfectly in the bottom of the charcoal pan. I'm going to cut the bottom of the charcoal pan out, leaving enough of a lip for the grate to rest on. Then I'm going to put two dampers on the bottom, and one on the top to better regulate airflow. I'm always looking for pointers, so feel free to step in anytime.

post #2 of 10

Hey Allen

Welcome to the group.

where in Arkansas?

David

post #3 of 10

 Welcome Alan. Glad to have you with us!

 

  Mike

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Hey Allen
Welcome to the group.
where in Arkansas?
David
Fort Smith in West Central AR, right on the OK border
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Fort Smith in West Central AR, right on the OK border

so your a few miles away. i'm just north of alma

David

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

Red

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Hi Alan! welcome1.gif to SMF!!! We're happy you found us! You've come to the right place, we have over 50,000 members who just love to share their experience and over 900,000 posts describing it!

The search bar at the top can be your best friend when you are trying to find answers to your questions but you can still ask too if you want!

You might want to check out Jeff's Free 5 day E-Course, it will teach you all the basics plus a whole lot more!
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welcome1.gifto SMF!  We are so glad you joined us!

 

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.http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/a/terms-of-service

 

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

 

Kat

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Glad you chose the BEST BBQ forum on the Web.biggrin.gif  Hold on for a fast ride to BBQ Nirvana.

 

Have fun and as always . . .

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Welcome to the forums. Any specific or general questions feel free to post away.

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