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Clueless and adventurous, diving head first into the smoke.

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My name is Matt and I live in Wilmington, Delaware. My smoking experience is non-existant, but I am committed to becoming proficient! I have purchased a Master Forge vertical charcoal smoker and have made some attempts at modifying (based on others recommendations) to increase performance. I have issues with heat, but based on some insightful responses believe that it may be more a faulty factory gauge or misplaced therm causing for misleading numbers. I suppose a new purchase might be necessary sometime soon. I have been doing small practice runs in an attempt to get down the right amount of coal and wood for a slow sustained burn, however, too much or too little seems to be my usual amount chosen. Here's hoping I get this down and soon!


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Hi Matt! 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!

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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Welcome to the forum and your new obsession. It's a learning curve with each unit acting differently until you learn the quirts of it. I smoked up a lot of cheap chicken quarters before spending bucks on a nice chunk of meat.

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welcome1.gif to 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. 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.


If you need any help roaming around here in SMF....just give me a shout.  Happy to help any time!



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Welcome to the club and happy smoking, Matt!

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Welcome to the forums, Matt!  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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