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So there seems to be two places on here for new folks to post up, and this area seems to be the busier one so I'll post here too. I kept coming across this forum when searching the internets for help with smoking and finally decided to make an account. I live in Little Rock (originally from Texas) and I just got into smoking about a year or so ago. I started out with a Brinkmann charcoal smoker but found it to be too high maintenance and not good for long and low smokes. I just purchased an 18" Camp Chef Smoke Vault which I hope to use for the first time this weekend. After doing quite a bit of reading reviews and whatnot it seemed to be the best LP smoker in my price range and I got it for a steal on amazon for $159. I've struggled with getting "good smoke" and have had a pork shoulder or two come out tasting like a camp fire so that is definitely a skill I need to work on. I don't quite understand the dynamics of the smoke itself but hope to fix that here. 

 

Any suggestions or threads to recommend for using the Smoke Vault? Thanks guys and glad to be here!

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Welcome, glad ya joined us ! In the search bar up towards the top type in Camp Chef Smoke Vault.... Bunch of threads there for ya !
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Good morning Smokey, welcome from East Texas. My wife was from NLR and been in Texas long enough to be a Texan (at least an Honorary Texan.  Getting to your problem, it's easier to help if you post some pictures of your smoker, sounds like if you are getting a strong taste it's either to much smoke or your wood is not seasoned enough, and what kind of wood are you using? Be glad to try and help, I am mkoking today take a look at Smoking Meat Forum (Beef) titled Saturday Brisket and Other Stuff you can see what I am doing.

 

Gary S

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Good morning Smokey, welcome from East Texas. My wife was from NLR and been in Texas long enough to be a Texan (at least an Honorary Texan.  Getting to your problem, it's easier to help if you post some pictures of your smoker, sounds like if you are getting a strong taste it's either to much smoke or your wood is not seasoned enough, and what kind of wood are you using? Be glad to try and help, I am mkoking today take a look at Smoking Meat Forum (Beef) titled Saturday Brisket and Other Stuff you can see what I am doing.

 

Gary S

Hey Gary, cool to see another East Texan on here. I grew up in the Tyler/Longview area before moving up here to Little Rock 4 years ago.  

 

Here are some pics of my new smoker (before I carried it out to the deck) and the woods I currently have. 

 

Sorry for the potato photos quality but the woods left to right are 1) "real flavor" hickory chips, 2) Western Hickory chips 3) Western Mesquite chunks, 4) Western Mesquite chips. 

 

 

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Man that's pretty, now all you have to do is dirty it up a bit.  My wife has a brother in Benton, niece in Bryant, Sister in NLR and a BUNCH of relatives in DeWitt & St Charles. We moved to Longview area (White Oak) in 1978. We still go to Hot Spring a couple times a year.  Where about's in LR  do you live When I was a kid and we moved there for a while (Dad's Job) we lived on "M" street right off Cantrell & Mississippi.

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Definitely planning on dirtying up a bit tomorrow. Gonna break it in with a few racks of ribs and a pork shoulder. Wow so you've got family all over the place up here, all of mine is still in Texas lol. We live in West LR in the Pleasant Forest neighborhood near Rodney Parham and Cantrell. 

 

So after doing some reading here I think I might get an AMNPS tube and start using the pellets. Think that might be the best for my smoker. Opinions?

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Hey

 

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

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Here's a quick update regarding the inaugural run of the new smoker:

 

 

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Looking good, nice color

 

Gary S

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