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Starting to build first Smoker

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Hi,  Name is Jim, I live in central Iowa and I am starting my midlife crisis.  So as any good man should do, I will build me a smoker.  My smoking experience to date has been on my gas Weber grill.  After some experimenting things have been pretty good but just not what I really want.

So, I am starting a build utilizing a 5' x 3' x 3' stainless insulated warming box I bought out of a restaurant.  Seems like the perfect box but I have never done this before and that is why I have watched and joined this forum.  I will need some help and I want to do this little project right.  Thanks to everyone who helps me in advance.  Any pointer to start out with is alway appreciated.

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Remember to post pics of your build.

Happy smoken.


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Welcome JKoch.

 I had one of those once and sold it . I never thought to make a smoker out of it. I don't have any advice, but I would approach it as where could I put my firebox first. I don't know if that is correct advice. Just my two cents. Good luck with the build and by the way post pics along the way. There are plenty of people here to help you.

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Welcome to the forums, Jim!  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.  Good luck with your build project, and just ask any time you need help and you'll get plenty!



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Hi Jim! 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!

We have an Articles section that is full of great information about smoking to include a lot of recipes and instructionals. Check it out there is a lot to learn in there!

Would you do us a favor and add your location to your profile, it helps others to know where you are when they offer advice, Thanks!

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.gif to SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! I guess smoking foods are in my MLC too...Gardening and Canning along with that!  biggrin.gif


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. Just a teeny bit of information for some of the rules here at SMF before you get started, off site links are not allowed.


If you need any help roaming around the forums....give me a shout. I will be happy to help out!



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Hi Jim,


welcome1.gif to the SMF, the best BBQ site on the web.  Whatever you need to know about the fine art of BBQ you can find it right here, from recipes to technical knowledge.


One thing you need to know about us is that we like to see pictures of your creations and your gear.  We call it Q-View and its basically the Rules.gif!!!


So, don't just talk about your food, show it!  Otherwise you may get a gentle reminder, like this...


worthless.gif  or this...th_What_NO_QVIEW.gif

Good Luck and Get Smokin'



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