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Hello from Buffalo, NY

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Hello all, I've been lurking around this forum for awhile and thought it was time to sign on.  I originally got a taste of smoking from my grandfather (our original Swede), who had a smoker he had built out of an old fuel oil home heating tank.  All he would smoke was fish, either ones he had caught or stuff his buddies from the Viking club would bring him.  We always had some around the holidays.

 

About 15 years ago a buddy and I decided to build our own out of an old double door refrigerator frame, one with a freezer on the bottom.  We stripped it down to the metal and fabricated a propane burner for it in the bottom freezer section.  We made a ton of venison jerky and sausage in that thing, but it was a bear to keep the temperature steady.

 

I'm more domesticated now, so to speak, and haven't done any smoking in over 10 years.  I'm determined to get back into it now, but I'm a slow buyer, and I need to know everything before I decide on a purchase.  Which is what brought me here to begin with.  I'm amazed by the information and the knowledge level here, and I can't thank you folks enough for taking the time to share your knowledge so that (relative) rookies like me can hopefully skip some of the learning curve.

 

Looking forward to figuring out the best way to go, then sharing some of the experience here.

 

Thanks!

Dave

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Hi Dave! 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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Davewelcome1.gif

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

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

 

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

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Hi Dave,

 

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'

 

Bill

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Welcome aboard, Dave!  You've found a great place for sharing ideas on smoking, grilling, curing, etc.  There are plenty of friendly, knowledgeable folks who really enjoy helping one another.  When in doubt, just ask and someone here will have the answer.

 

Red

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You have already discovered the wealth of information here. I only started smoking last fall and any success I have had is largely from the generosity of the members of this forum.

 

I look forward to you getting a unit and starting smoking. More posts with pictures will make this forum even better.

 

Welcome!

 

Disco

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Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone for the warm welcome.  I appreciate the time and effort you folks put into this.

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