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I'm a new smoker and amateur griller. I have a Brinkmann Heavy Gauge Charcoal Drum.  I'm working to control the temperatures to get a nice 225F smoke. I'm not there yet. I've smoked some chicken and it turned out great. Port butt is probably next. I've modified my grill, sealed leaks and doors and fixed door hinges (they were loose). Next are temperature probe ports, a heat baffle and a smoke baffle (to limit oxygen). We'll see about a charcoal basket. I don't know if I need one yet.


.Me and my Brinkmann Heavy Gauge Charcoal Drum on Memorial Day 2013



-Michael Cerda

 Austin, Texas

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welcome1.gifto SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! Jeff offers a 5 Day e-course packed full of great information! 


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. Rule #11......"Off Site Links are not allowed here at SMF" is something new. There are other simple guidelines for all of us to remember as we interact here.


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Hiya Michael welcome, and have fun.  I'm in kind of the same boat, I just got a WSM and am busy sorting leaks out.


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Welcome to the forums, Michael!  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!



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Thanks guys. You make me feel welcome. I've enjoyed the modifications made to the grills. I've got my grill sealed such that if you close the vents, the fire goes out. There isn't any smoke except for chimney! Looking for my first real low and slow cook!


-Michael Cerda

 Austin, Texas

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Howdy and welcome from a feller Texan
. And feller Mike ;)
Arlington, Tx..
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Hello Michael and welcome to the fun.  Many good folk here with a load of experience that they are more than willing to share.  If you have specific questions just start a thread and someone with experience will be along soon to offer advice.  Spend some time doing some research on the forums, tons of advice and recipes already available there.  The trial and error method works well.  We will try to help you keep the errors to a minimum since we already made ‘em for ya.  We look forward to your contributions.  Have fun.  Good luck.  Keep Smokin!


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Michael welcome1.gif

Remember to post some QVIEW

Happy smoken.


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Welcome to the Family , Mike.


As a fellow (misplaced) Texan , I wish you many good Smokes. Send a lot of Q-view and as always...

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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!
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