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Hello Everyone, My name is Ron and just started smoking with an "official" smoker a couple months ago.  I did my research and modded my Brinkman TMLE before I even seasoned & smoked with it.  I am getting it down pretty well however sometimes I have a problem getting my temp up to 250.  If I stack the lump coal like a half hill in the fire cage I made seems to be more consistent.  When I started adding chopped wood into the mix I really started to create more heat.  I would love to be more confident in getting my heat up to the temp I like.  I have no problem getting it to 175 but I do not want to make jerky the whole time lol.  It seems if the smoke is white, its going to taste too smokey.  Wind is a HUGE factor for me, I live on a lake and always get a decent wind.  Any tips would be appreciated and I have some pics below of the smokes I have completed so far w/mod pics. 

 

I am using Royal Oak Lump Coal BTW.

 

Seasoning:

 

Jerky:

Beer Butt Chicken:

Pork butt:

Chicken Cordon Blue:

Chimney mod:

Tuning Plates:

Tuning Plates:

Tuning Plates:

Beer Butt Chicken:

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Hello and Welcome to our addiction.  Good lookineats.  Well done.  A word of warning: There is no 12 step program for this one!  Many good folk here with a load of experience that they are more than willing to share.  If you have specific questions just start a thread and someone with experience will be along soon to offer advice.  All info you can provide us with such as smoker type, location and so on will help us answer any questions you may have.  Spend some time doing some research on the forums, tons of advice and recipes already available there.  We look forward to your contributions.  Have fun.  Good luck.  Keep Smokin!

Danny

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Hey Ron

 

Welcome to the Smoking  forum.   You’ll find great , friendly people here, all more than willing to answer any question you may have.  Just ask and you’ll get about 10 different answers—all right.  LOL.   Don’t forget to post qviews.

 

Gary=====Great qviews

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Welcome to the forum from Lansing Ron.  And what a great forum it is to learn the art of smoking everything.

 

We have a Michigan group here.  http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/groups/show/27/michigan-members-group          

If you get a chance check it out and please join if you have not done so yet.

 

We are going to have a Michigan get together this year and I hope you can make it.

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/159461/2014-michigan-get-together-july-19-2014

 

It’s always nice to see another Michigander here..

Stan

post #5 of 6

Hey, that stuff looks great !!!   good job.

 

Gary S

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Thanks everyone.  I'd like to be more confident in my firebox and have read a few ways to do so.  Like I said before it seems I have better consistancy using all wood.  I was almost thinking about putting a fan on my stack side to pull air more through.  Any thoughts about that?

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