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post #1 of 11
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Just signed up. I'm from a small town in Maine. Retired army helicopter pilot.

Just bought a Medina River Large 066. 

Smoked a Boston Butt Sunday, turned out good. Now I need to learn how to use it. :-)

I know I need to do a few mods. Made a 20/20 basket works nice. Ordered nomex tape for the doors, then need to add tuning plates and a baffle. Any other mods needed?

any help greatly welcomed.

post #2 of 11

Thank you for your service!

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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Thanks for the welcome David.

Over the past few weeks I've read many of your posts, they have been quite helpful to me. 

I am sure I'll get great help from you and all the others here. 

I've not done any smoking before, but love to eat it when I visit Virginia/North Carolina area





post #4 of 11

welcome1.gifto SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! Thank you so very much for your Service!  :usa:


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 "SMF User Guidelines" .....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!



post #5 of 11

Always happy to welcome a vet

Welcome, Welcome

I'm pretty new to smoking, but the amount of info on this site will just boggle your mind.

If you ask it, it will come


post #6 of 11

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   ...........



post #7 of 11
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!

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!
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the welcome,

This site is great, There is so much info for a new smoker and it is written in way even I can understand it ;-) , all without being condescending.

It was my honor to serve you all while in the army.



So many questions --so little time



post #9 of 11

Just practice till you get to know your smoker and the seasonings you and you family like on different things. The more you cook the better you will get.



post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the welcome Gary,

Can't wait to get some time logged on my smoker so I know what I'm

doing. Kind of any way.


I spent some time in Texas in the mid sixties, Went to helicopter flight school in

Fort Walters, near Weathersford. I don't think its there anymore. That was a very long time

ago. LOL



post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the welcome Gary,

Look forward to chatting with you in the future.

I used to spend the month of June at a small camp ground 

called Spencers Island in Nova Scotia. Loved it. 



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