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Thread Starter 

Hello, 

 

I'm Dwayne, and I live in the North East.

 

I've been doing a ton of direct heat grilling, but never smoked anything.  I Did try once to do a pork shoulder on my weber gas, and it was edible, but not great.  The other day I had real southern BBQ from a buddy who sells it up here. Tasting that made me remember my time in SC and the amazing smoked food we ate.  

 

So yesterday I found a offset smoker on craigslist, bought it, and started working.  Today I did a bunch of cleanup work, paint job, and started some mods that I read online. 

 

Here are pictures from Today:

(as she came from Craigslist ($60))

 

 

The deflector... Hopefully this is right. 

 

 

 

Both mods are using aluminum flashing. Its a different color on the other side.  Assume that is ok?  Any chemicals should burn off... I hope. 

 

 

All Painted up.

 

 

Sanded and stained the wood parts as well, so everything should be ready for assembly and smoke tomorrow. 

 

A couple key questions for the pros here:

1. Are the mods ok, or do I need to do some other things.  

2. I bought 2 Kenmore Grill Temperature Meters (with leads) and plan on leaving them in the smoker (mounted just off the grate) I assume these are ok to just leave in the smoker as it cooks even though the literature says to put it in the meat. 

3. The Fire box...  so there is a small grate for the bottom of the firebox. Is that enough to make a proper fire? I've seen a lot about fire baskets, etc.

4. The Fire box (part 2)...  there is a larger grate in the fire box.  Could I put a tray of water on there for added humidity?  It that needed/smart/etc.?

5. I plan on dry running tomorrow to get a feel for the smoker.  Any other big gotchas I need to watch for with the offset? 

 

Then of course, the real big question is what meat to smoke first.  Happy to take suggestions on that.

 

PS, learned what a fatty was today from this forum.  I don't think my life will ever be the same.  I'm going to love this place. 

post #2 of 8
Hi Dwayne! 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!

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!

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!

You will probably get more responses if you post your questions in our "Charcoal Smokers" forum.
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks!  Location updated, and I will repost my questions in the charcoal section. 

post #4 of 8

Welcome aboard Dwayne!  Glad you joined us.  Congrats and good luck with that pit...you've started with some good basic mods, and you'll get some some great tips on other mods over in the Charcoal Smoker forum.  

 

Have fun!

 

Red

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welcome1.gifto SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! 

 

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!

 

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

 

Kat

post #6 of 8

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.

David

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

Here's how she turned out.  

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for the welcome messages. 

post #8 of 8

Nice Job.......  lets make some smoke and burn some meat!!

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