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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hi everyone,


I have been a lurking these forums for a little while now and finally decided to make an account.

I was uncertain what type of smoker would best suit my needs (pellet/electric/gas/charcoal) and through my research I stumbled across this website. After reading through reviews and forum posts I decided that the Weber Smokey Mountain was the smoker for me. I have only had my WSM 18.5" for three weeks now and have smoked (2) pork butts, a whole chicken, a 12 pack of brats, and this upcoming weekend I plan on smoking a couple of racks of ribs. I absolutely love that little smoker! It maintains temps for hours with almost no monitoring what so ever, and produces amazing results! Thank you for all the help selecting my new smoker, I look forward to contributing to SMF!




post #2 of 9

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!



post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks Kat!


I'll make sure to take plenty of pics of the Ribs this weekend and other upcoming smokes! :)

post #4 of 9
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!
post #5 of 9
Originally Posted by Slippin View Post

Thanks Kat!


I'll make sure to take plenty of pics of the Ribs this weekend and other upcoming smokes! :)

ribs are my Fav....make me drool!



post #6 of 9

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



post #7 of 9

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.


post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for such a warm welcome everyone!


After the first smoke I realized that a standard meat probe and top temp gauge would not do. I would need some kind of digital thermometer that would tell me the internal temp and grill/smoker temp. I was going to go to the mall and pick up what ever they had there that was cheep, however I decided that I would check back here because of how helpful this site was when I was selecting my smoker. After reading rave reviews/forum posts about the Maverick 732, I decided to order one. Everyone was spot on, I couldn't imagine smoking without one! However the cables were always in the way when opening and closing the lid (I wire mine through the top vent holes), which really bothered me. So back to this site I came, trying to find a solution. The solution that I preferred was drilling a hole in the side of the WSM, putting a grommet in the hole, and feeding the wires through there. So last night thats what I did!


Taped drill locations:

Taping the area before I drill holes for the temp sensors.


Grommet I used:

Grommet for the temp sensor holes.


Final Result:

Temp sensor holes.


Another shot of the final result:

Temp sensor holes




post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Quick question: I would love to see a BBQ competition! I live in Madison, WI. Anyone know of any smoking competitions near my area?




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