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Thread Starter 
I've been lurking in the shadows here for a few weeks and finally decided to join, seen new people are encouraged to come here and say hi. So, HI.

Just got into smoking over the last couple years, always a beef steak and grill guy. Learned a lot in just the few weeks reading your guy's advice/experiences. Have been using a Masterbuilt propanesmoker for the last year or so, and had decent luck with it. Mostly pork baby backs and pork butts.

But since you guys are all evil and post all these great mods, I just converted my old Char-Griller (no side firebox) into a smoker. Inaugural run going on right now.

So thanks for all the help so far, and I'm sure I'll have all sorts of questions to come.
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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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Welcome , Jirod. Hope you enjoy your visit and decide to call this 'Home' for all your BBQ needs .


Don't be shy, jump right in and show us your Smoker Mod. and the outcome of your inagural run.


Have fun and . . .

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Thread Starter 
Having some issues trying to figure out how to post pictures from my phone. Once I figure that out I'll post some pics.

Grill I've had for 7-8 years, spent maybe a month total in out of the Iowa weather. So rust on lid, sides and back, not bad buy quite a bit. So wire wheel and some hi-temp paint But so far I've done the cheap/easy mods. Dryer vent fro chimney to a couple inches off grate level, flipped over charcoal pan, and getting 5-7 degree difference withy Maverick Thermometer from end to end when the temps stable. So far, outside the Side Fire Box, the most expensive part has been a cover (just spent all the time to re-do it, don't want to ruin it already).

Still learning this long smoke process with charcoal/wood. So having to play with it quite a bit. But it's fun and tasty lessons to learn.
post #5 of 7

Welcome to the forums!  This is the best place I know for sharing ideas on smoking, grilling, curing, etc.  There are plenty of friendly and knowledgeable folks who really enjoy helping one another.  Just holler when you need anything, and someone here will have the answer.



post #6 of 7

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.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!



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