Hey Everyone. I live in Mentor, OH and am a newbie when it comes to smoking.
I am using a brinkman gourmet smoker that I picked up a few months ago. I have already done the majority of the mods to it. I added 2 charcoal grates to the pan with stainless bolts to keep the charcoal up off the bottom by about an inch, added (3) dampers to the bottom and one on the top, added stove gasket rope to the lid, added new thermometer, and also made custom legs to keep it up off the ground a little more. Once I get the hang of everything and feel moe confident, I'd like to eventually get a Weber Smokey Mountain or build a drum smoker.
I have used it a couple times so far. The first time was with some cheapo ribs I got from my local sams club. They were ok but a kinda tough. The next thing I smoked was a rack of baby back and a pork shoulder from the West Side Market in Cleveland. I picked up a Maverick ET-73 thermometer after the first smoke since I had temp troubles. Made it much easier to keep eye on temps. The ribs were fantastic and the shoulder made some great pulled pork.
That's about it. I'll be lurking around the forums. I just hope I dont wear out the search button in my quest to find answers, recipes, tips, and tricks.