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Greetings from Northern California

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Hey folks! Found this SmokingMeatForum as I was in search of some modifications to make to my New Braunfels Offset. Saw a lot of great ideas and put them into place: lowered the smoke stack to grate level, tuning plates, added a baffle, change old handles to cool touch springs, expanded metal charcoal basket, lava rocks (my idea - anyone have a comment as to their benefit or not in a charcoal/wood smoker?), ceramic fire tile to maintain heat (not sure if I'll keep using them)...


Looking for advice and suggestions. Been to several BBQ classes out this way and now I'm ready to jump from intermediate Smoker with a little knowledge to learning how to be a very good Smoker.


Open to suggestions.  Menu for the 4th: brisket, ribs, chicken quarters.


Thanks everyone

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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!


Sounds like you're on the right track with your smoker mods.  Good luck with your 4th cook, be sure to let us know how it turns out with some qview!



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