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Howdy everyone. My name is Bob and I joined the forum 2 days ago. My wife and I live in the Columbus- Tryon area of NC and a wonderful area for great BBQ. I've been on call at the Hospital and haven't been able to sit down and compose an intro, so here I am. Today I was in the process of upgrading smokers from a Master Forge gas vertical smoker to a Okie Joe Longhorn, which I finished assembly about an hour ago. Looked at the weather radar and won't be able to season till tomorrow. Hope to learn alot about competition smoking. Some friends and I competed in the Blue Ridge BBQ fest 2013. Overall finished 91st out of 97th. Our best result was in pork shoulder where we finished 24th. I'll be looking forward to communicating through the forum with you all.



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Hi Bob! 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 1,000,000 posts describing it! Yea that’s right over 1,000,000!

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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Hi Bob,

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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Welcome to the forums, Bob!  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 for the welcome. I have a couple of questions. 1: I want to place a thermometer to the right of the main cook chamber handle at about 1 inch above cooking height, what type should I use? 2: I want to modify my 2 door Master Forge to a SFB or a rear fire box, the latter require less metal work. Any opinions on this?



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