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Hello experts of the Smoking Meat Forums.  Ian C. here smoking from the melting pot known as Orlando, Fl.  I have been reading on these forums for months now.  I decided its time I join in the conversations and ask a few questions myself.  My beautiful girlfriend bought me my first smoking apparatus for my 30th birthday 9/11.  I have a dozen years of cooking and grilling in my past.  I use to cheat and used my oven for my ribs.  Decided I wanted to join the ranks of the big boys and learn how to Q for real the old fashion way.  Here are some of my specs and questions.  Oh and I have yet to use my pit as I wanted to finish most of my mods before I get it going.  I'm hoping to start this weekend.  I love cooking all kinds of Q.  Want to learn how to do competition style meat.  I BBQ with a spanish Island twist =)


I am using a Brinkman Trailmaster Limited Edition-  I have a list of modifications for it


Completed Mods     

     - I sealed the entire thing with Rutland high heat silicone.  firebox, connection from pit to box, and chimney..everything

     - Sealed the pit and firebox lid with wool gaskets from bbqgaskets.com

     -  Put the 200lb clamps on either side of the lid

     - Charcoal basket made from expanded metal  12x10x6

     -  Baffle at a 45 degree angle with tuning plates as well.  4-6'' plates..2-3'' plates



Mod's to come-

     - Grate level thermometers-2- one on either side of handle

    -  Chimney extension to grate height

    -  Opening w/ stopper for thermometer probes

    -  Stoker system


First questions for the professionals.  I am contemplating thermometers.  Do I need to install grate height thermometers on the lid if I am going to utilize digital thermometers with grate probes?  Everything I have thus far points me towards getting a Maverick ET 733 when they are released in October.  If I plan on getting a stoker am I wasting money getting the really nice thermometer as well?  What stokers do yall recommend?  IQ 210?  Am I better off just using the thermometers on the stoker?  I have the ability to get some Maverick Et 73's older therms for 15$ a piece.  So I figured I could use them in conjuncture with the stoker.  Looking for some guidance on this subject.  Thank you for the help so far.  I purchased and performed all of the modifications based off of information read on these forums so far.    



Thank you,  

    Ian C.

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welcome1.gif to SMF!!! We're happy you joined us! We have over 50,000 members now who just love to share what they know. You've come to the best place on the net to learn and share everything Q!!!
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texas.gifHello, and Welcome from East Texas. This is a great site, lots of good information and great people.



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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 TulsaJeff. 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!



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Hi Ian...Welcome aboard!  Glad you joined us!



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welcome aboard! ya come to the right palce fer' sure! :)
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