Born and raised in S.W. Missouri. Married and started a family in Tulsa (Marriage license in Sapulpa. Hi Jeff:-) after 4 years got a wild hair and moved to California for 20 years. Got injured on the job and became disabled/retired and moved back to Mo. 4 1/2 years ago. Gosh It's good to be back in the Mid West!
After becoming disabled I tried several hobbies to keep me sane and finally settled on Silversmithing and jewelry making and design. Somewhere in there I fulfilled a long time desire to become a Ham radio operator.
Always had a love for grilling but never became interested in smoking until we moved back here. One of our neighbors just down the road had a small BBQ joint out here in the country and was among the best I had ever eaten, so slowly absorbed information from him. Due to the crappy economy he was forced to close the restaurant a couple of years ago and I can't find any Q as good as his, so started playing with doing my own. I've had pretty good results so far, but the cheapie upright smoker I have is a PITA to regulate, so been looking at my options. Due to limited income I can't rush out and buy a nice Lang or something similar, so decided to try and build my own and have decided either an RF offset or center fired smoker is what I want.
I'm pretty handy with tools and another neighbor has all the torches, welders and equipment needed to undertake the task and would help me with the build.
I'll try to use the search and not make a total pest of myself (at least to start)