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Smoking in Tucson- But it's a dry heat

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Hello all,

I just started smoking in the last few months. I did my first full packer brisket last month on a gas grill and transferred it to the oven after a few hours on the grill.  Did ribs and chicken yesterday, too. It's an addiction for sure. I picked up a Weber kettle 22" on Craigslist a few weeks ago for $20 and did a DIY smoker mod. This mod is due to my reluctance to spend $75 on the Smokenator. I'll post a new thread showing pics of my DIY smokenator setup that I made for about $6. Giant bags of mesquite lump are available in this part of the world for cheap, so I've been using it exclusively, however I find it difficult to control temperature with mesquite. I look forward to sharing the science and art of smoking with y'all.



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Welcome Myles, glad ya joined us ! Them Weber Kettles are some great units.... Look forward to seeing your DIY mod !
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Glad to have you join. Mods sounds good and be looking for the pics. Wish we had cheap wood here in Northern Illinois. I mainly use hickory myself but add apple or cherry at times with some cooks. Good luck on the mods and keep smoking.

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Hello Myles. welcome to the forum, looking forward to seeing yoiu around the site.


Gary S

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Thanks for the welcome guys. I posted a brief description and some pics of the DIY Smokenator mod I mentioned above. Here is the link.

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Welcome.  Kettles will make decent smokers just going indirect but I did a home made smokenator set up a while back also.  With regard to mesquite lump, it's all lump charcoal.   Lump will burn hotter and less consistent than does's just the nature of the beast.

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I would be curious to hear more details about your smokenator setup. I bought a 50 lb bag of mesquite for $10 several months ago, so I guess I'll just keep plugging along with the lumps.
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