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Hello from Western New York

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Hello, I sort of stumbled onto this site accidentally while searching for sausage making supplies. I love it. Around 30 or so years ago, I built a small smoke cabinet that served me well a couple years. I had fun and enjoyed doing it. However family needs and other things pulled me away.


Around ten or so years ago some people next door left a SS steel cabinet when they moved. I talked to the property owner and he gave the unit to me. Been sitting ever since. It was a smoker in a previous life, however someone totally gutted it. No shelves or brackets. no controls, no burners. Well, this site is the push I needed to get it up and running. There is a lot of work coming, but the thought of homemade  ham and bacon will defiantly make it worthwhile.


A couple pictures of what I have to start with.

unit was propane, but I'm thinking of going to go electric.

I can't wait. looking to be spending a lot of time here.



post #2 of 10
Bob.. glad you found us... IMHO.. this is the best forums on the internet... That cabinet will make a perfect electric smoker... PID controlled.... keep us posted on the build...
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texas.gif  Good evening and welcome to the forum, from a rainy and stormy East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on                  just about  everything





post #4 of 10
Welcome to SMF, from Rochester. Glad you stumbled upon us. Don't forget to keep us updated with pics as you go along.
post #5 of 10

Looks like a great start to a smoker.


What ideas do you have already?

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Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions
Post it and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is
because their are so many different ways to make great Q...
Happy smoken.

post #7 of 10
That cabinet will work out great for your new smoker!!
Welcome to the forum from southern Ohio. Joining here means that the BBQ bug has bitten and you may now begin the long trek to great food, Hope you enjoy the journey as much as I have so far! Many good folks 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. The search bar at the top of every page is a very useful tool Good luck with your build and don't forget to post some pics of the process!
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Hey Bob

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. Great looking cabinet.

post #9 of 10

First of all, welcome to the forum.  Great folks and great info here.  That cabinet is going to make you the star of the neighborhood.  Great potential no matter which way you want to go.  Electric is nice and easy and with a PID will make it accurate.  Auber Instruments makes a real nice programmable unit for all kinds of wattage.  Or lots of info here on how to make your own.  Is that thing insulated?  If not you may want to look into getting that done if using electric.  Best of luck and keep us posted.

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Thanks for the warm welcome everyone. Studying my options on components. I'm hoping for an easy build seeing how the cabinet started life as a gas smoker. I sprayed it with oven cleaner to remove old smoke buildup and it looks like new inside. I'll post pics as the build progresses.

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