Newbie from NE Ohio here.
I was rummaging around the internet this morning, looking for reviews on my new smoke pistol (wish I'd have found them sooner) and I found this forum.
I'm a gadget guy, so I will have fun messing with it. I have a couple grills, including a weber, and a couple electric smokers. I've had a smoking tex 1400 for 3 or 4 years now and really like it. I also have an unused vertical brinkman electric I picked up at a yard sale for 20 bucks a few years ago. It'll be my experimental smoker for now.
I travel 4-7 months a year for work, so I don't smoke as much as the rest of you. I also live alone, so my neighbors love it when I fire up the smoker.
I do pork butts and briskets couple times a year and I smoked bacon 3 times last year. Plus ribs when I get the notion. I want to start cold smoking.
I don't cure the pork bellies myself yet, 'cause of concerns with my fridge temps. (I rent at the moment, so no buying a new fridge when I have a house I am renovating). I found a local meat house that makes bacon and he sells me cured pork bellies. I have to order a few weeks ahead and he calls me when he starts curing them to let me now they will be ready in 2 weeks. It works for me 'cause I get a consistent product and I am learning the smoke flavors.
I am also going to make some pastrami this year.
I tend to use chips in the smoking tex, or small wood pieces. I do not use foil, just drop them in the smoke box, it seems to work fine. I don't like heating aluminum foil.
Anyway, that's me.
p.s.- the avatar is from my younger days when I lived in Milford, ct. I was working a side job clamming with a buddy. I'm the taller one.