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Thread Starter 

Thank you for having this great looking site and allowing me to participate.


I am new to smoking but have read a couple books.


Last year, I bought RedStone™ 4 Way Charcoal & LP Gas Grill from Tractor Supply which has a small smoker attached.


Unfortunately, the only documentation was the assembly instructions so I haven't attempted anything yet.


I know this doesn't qualify as smoking but made my first deer baloney or summer sausage and cured it in my oven this past winter.


I am retiring on July 30,2013 and among the many projects I'd like to try is building a small smokehouse.

I will be getting some pigs and would like to smoke the hams and bacon.


I grew up on a farm and we raised pigs but that was a long time ago


I haven't had a chance to get very far but it looks like there is a ton of great info here.


Oh.  I am in western Pa about 50 miles north of Pittsburgh

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welcome1.gifto SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! Would you mind updating your profile to show the other SMF members where you are located?  Might meet some neighbors!


You might want to check out Jeff's Free 5 day E-Course, it has great information to use no matter your skill level!


We love to see pictures of what you are cooking (or what we call q-views here at SMF).  To "upload the q-views" just follow the directions here and it will be easier. If you are using a cell phone, an IPad or a kindle, go to the main SMF page and click the Mobile button. Will make the uploads a bit faster too.


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 and some guidelines of how to interact within the forums. Off site links are not allowed here at SMF per Jeff. Not that you have done anything wrong....just a little bit of FYI for new members! (Yes....I had to edit your intro and remove the off site link)


If you need any help roaming around the forums....just holler!  Happy to help out!



post #3 of 9
Hello and welcome to SMF!

Congrats on the retirement.

Western PA, 50 mi north of PGH...close to Slippery Rock or thereabouts? I used to live in Cranberry Twp, Zelienople and had in laws from Elwood City, then moved to Pleasantville. Ex husband was originally from Titusville.

Glad to have you with us!
post #4 of 9

Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions Post it
and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is because their
are so many different ways to make great Q We all have our own taste.

Happy smoken.


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welcome1.gif to SMF!!! We're happy you joined us! We have over 50,000 members now who just love to share what they know. You've come to the best place on the net to learn and share everything Q!!!
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Thread Starter 

Thanks for the warm welcome.

I am amazed at the size of the membership

KathrynN, thank you for the tips.

I always try to be a good citizen and apologize that there were links to outside sites. I was just trying to show what I had.


SmokinHusker, I am halfway between Kittanning and East Brady. The Rock is about 35 miles.

Depemding how long ago you left the area, you wouldn't know Cranberry. It's like the Blob.  It keeps growing and growing and...


I am a rank amateur to smoking and look forward to learning and sharing.


I'm afraid I ask a lot of dumb questions.


I do that to save others who would be too embarrassed to ask anything so dumb icon_confused.gif


See you in the forums

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Welcome to SMF!

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Welcome to the forums, Larry!  You've found a great place to share ideas on our favorite pastimes...smoking and grilling great food!  There are plenty of friendly and knowledgeable people here who really enjoy helping one another.  Any time you need help, just ask and you'll get plenty!



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Hi Larry, do us a favor and update your profile with your location!  Thanks...


and....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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