So here are are a couple of pictures from my first smoke.
The first is about halfway through a six hour smoke. I freely admit that those might just be the ugliest links ever. It was an interesting exercise getting the ground meat into the casings. Grandma worked the stuffer.
Here is the finished product.
Things I learned:
1. Grandma should not work the stuffer. It's old and made of cast iron, I think it might weigh more than she does!
2. Pay more attention to the temp. It got away from me, and ran up to almost 200. Fat melts very quickly...
3. Tying links is not as easy as one might think. I had one that threw itself into the fire while my back was turned.
4. Something to deflect the heat might be useful...
I'm sure there are other things I will learn as this goes on.
At the end of the day, the first run was edible, and didn't taste too bad.