Hello fellow 'smokers'
My name is Nathan from Toledo, OH, home of the World Famous Toledo Mud Hens!
This Christmas I asked for a smoker, and my wife kept leading me to believe that I was getting one. Well......Christmas came and went....no smoker. So, this past Saturday while at Bass Pro, I bought me a smoker (Merry Xmas to me!). Bought a 2-door Masterbuilt LP model. Since I was with my in-laws, the box didn't fit in the back of their car, so I went first thing Sunday morning when they opened at 10am to pick it up with the truck (no worries there). Had to take the wife to breakfast then finally made it home to start assembly. Took the wife and I about 20 minutes to put everything together and hook up the gas line, not bad at all, went together very smooth (thought something had to be wrong).
Turned on the tank, lit the burner and off we went on this incredible journey. Did two 400* burn and cool downs in about 2 hours for seasoning. Then it was time for the first experimental roast.
Did a 2.5 lb chuck roast for my first smoke.
Started the roast at around 3pm at a temp of about 220 - 225 (per the thermometer on the door, which I will be getting another to permanently mount inside). FINALLY, at 7PM we were eating dinner, could have been a little longer but tasted OH SO GOOD!!!! Yes, I'm excited, I've wanted to get a smoker for a long time and now that I have one, I will need to install an underground LP tank.
Please forgive me for my lack of understanding all smoking terminology and acronyms, I'll get there, I promise.
A quick snapshot of me....
I'm into trucks, mostly Chevy Silverado's and GMC Sierra's. I'm an administrator on another web forum for these trucks, it's a blast to get to know other people with similar interests. I used to be an avid golfer, but 'life' took over an my handicap went from about 2-3 to 13, still not horrible, but not where I want to be. I love being outdoors (except allergies have decided to take over most of my life). I will jump on just about any boat if we're heading out fishing. I used to hunt, but don't have the heart anymore to shoot anything, well, except my 9mm Ruger SR9c at targets and any human who enters my home wishing to leave in a body bag :). And to support these horrible habits, I am the National Sales Manager for a restaurant supply company.
Looking forward to meeting and/or helping (when I can) anyone else. I'm sure I'll be asking plenty of stupid questions, but I'll make sure I search first (I hate when new members ask the same damn question the last newbie did and don't take 5 minutes to look for answers).