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Hello from Iowa

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Brand new to smoking, but am looking forward to the journey.  My son bought a used Brinkman horizontal smoker w/firebox on the side for me for Father's Day.  To say that it needs some TLC is a gross understatement.  In any case, I've cleaned it up and repainted the exterior, re-did the deck and am looking forward to testing it out. 


Last night, I put in some charcoal briquettes and some hickory wood chips to see how it works.  I'm still trying to figure out the amount of materials to use, how to regulate the heat / smoke and just in general, how the darn thing works.  The temp was only around 100, until I added some wood chips, then it would climb to almost 200.  I'm guessing it will take me some time to figure out how to build the temp and keep it there.  It also leaks smoke around the lid of the cooking chamber quite a bit, so I'm going to figure out how to address that.


I signed up for the newsletter and ecourse, so that should help me out quite a bit I'm guessing.


Anyway, really excited about this new hobby and welcome any advice I can find.





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Their are a lot of people with that smoker. Their are a lot of mods on here to look at. First seal up all the air leaks you can find.

Happy smoken.


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Welcome to the forums!  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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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!

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!
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