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Hello SMF.

  I am pretty new to smoking meat, but have a few books and ideas.  right now I am primarily going to use the stand-alone fire box for some initial smoking, I'd love some hints, but basically here's what my plans are:

 

The grill I will start with is the Char-griller fire box and it is meant to be attached to complete an offset smoker.  However, I don't have the other part yet and this can be used as stand-alone a charcoal grill.  I figure that I can use it as a mini smoker by putting the coals on one side and the meat on another with some wood chips or chunks in with the coals (in packets, probably) and a water pan directly above the coals.  This leaves me with a pretty small area to smoke meat on - probably about 10" x 10", and I have no idea if I'm going to have a cold spot.. I figure the water pan will divert the heat (and smoke) horizontally somewhat and since it is such a small smoker the cold spots will be fairly insignificant.

 

Also, I have some wood in my wood shed (mostly for our wood stove) that is apple, cherry, pear and pine.. I really need to figure out how to separate out the pine - to be honest, I haven't looked really hard at it yet.  The fruit woods I can mix and am not too worried about separating them from each other, but I definitely don't want to accidentally put in a stick of pine.

 

Okay, that's my intro.  see you on the boards.

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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!

Would you do us a favor and add your location to your profile, it helps others to know where you are when they offer advice, Thanks!

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 #3 of 6
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.

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

 

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If you need any help roaming around the forums....just holler!  Happy to help out!

 

Kat

post #5 of 6

Yes, separate that Pine!!! Lol...welcome aboard!!

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Thanks everyone!

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