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Hello from the High Desert of Southern California

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I am just that backyard guy who really enjoys relaxing watching the game when I am not working with athletes. I have been very interested in grilling and have recently have this addiction to smoking meat. 


I currently have been using my grill which is a 48" Stainless Lynx that is in an Island. It is a 3 burner natural gas with a infrared heat source as well for rotisserie. It also has a small drawer for wood chips. When I smoke on it I cover two of the grills with foil to divert the smoke and put the meat on the grill with no heat and a water tray underneath. It actually keeps the temp well and produces real nice smoke and end product. I can taste that taste you get when you smoke with gas however. See Below.




In the past week I have constructed a cinder block smoker with the fire box on the outside base and a small wood shed on top. I dont think I will line the shed as I dont plan on smoking over 300 degrees. I also have to put in some rack holders on the sides of the shed to hold racks and dowels. Also that top piece of expanded metal will be cut in half so I can easily reach the lower expanded metal rack that will hold the water tray. Also below that is a 1/4 inch R/F plate that goes from the fire box side to about 6 inches from the other side. I am hoping the 1/4 inch plate will also help hold heat. As you can see (I think) the roof is on a angle and the smoke stack is on the same side as the fire box which is the high side of the shed. I am hoping the R/F plate will divert the smoke up and out in a manner that will expose the items to an appropriate amount of smoke. See Below.




Any ideas are also greatly appreciated. I have not seasoned this smoker yet but as soon as I make the adjustments I will get on it.


Live well!

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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 don’t hesitate to start threads and ask also!

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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.


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Welcome ! As you browse around the Forum think you will find the information and "secrets" of some of the best smoking chefs (amateur and professional),lots of great recipes, and just good ol plain folks who you feel like you have known all your life. Everyone likes to see the pictures and the play by play !   If you are looking for advice or criticism, just ask....everyone here is here to enjoy their passion for smoking and cooking and making new friends.



post #5 of 8

Welcome from Canada.


I like the look of your build but haven't done my own build so I can't offer suggestions. I look forward to your posts using it.



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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.

Nice smoker. I can't wait to see it fired up.

Happy smoken.


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texas.gifHello and welcome from East Texas. This is a great site, lots of information and great people that are willing to throw in their two cents worth on about anything.   



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Welcome to the forums!  You've got a nice setup!  You've found the best place I know for sharing ideas on smoking, grilling, curing, etc.  There are plenty of friendly, knowledgeable folks here 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.



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