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Hello all from Kettering Ohio

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Hi Everybody, I'm Rich from Kettering Ohio. I've been smoking for about four years now. I started out with a stand up small smoker which got me addicted to smoking. Then I bought a Char-Broil Smoker with the side firebox which is now on its last legs. Last week I went out and bought an Oklahoma Joe's Longhorn Smoker. For the price point it seems very well made and should last longer than the one I have now. I actually found this forum doing some research before I went out and bought it. When I started reading the postings here, I couldn't believe how many mods there were and how many of these things would have really helped the last smoker I had.

 I found out how much I really needed an education!! The new unit will have several mods done before its even put together. I'm very excited to try the Okie out and see how it works. I'm also very excited to be a part of this forum and share ideas with all of you and learn more about our shared passion.

 My wife and I grew up in the St. Pete/Clearwater area of Florida, so we grew up on a steady diet of BBQ. Good southern BBQ was always hard to come by in Ohio until recently. In the last few years a few decent places have popped up which offer good BBQ. None are better than you can make yourself if you take the time. Thanks so much to all of you in advance!!!


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Hi Rich! 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!

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!

I used to live in quite a few places in the Miami valley!
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Welcome aboard Rich!  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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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.



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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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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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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.


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