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Hello from Michigan

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Hi Lou here.


I'm a trained Chef who shifted careers about 25 years ago. I have wanted to get a smoker since my early 20's but life, kids and work just wouldn't permit it. Finally, at my ripe old age of 55, I  purchased a WSM 22.5. All I can say is WOW.


First up was a seasoning run, then some ribs, Turned out great. I think I need to insulate the door as it seems to let in to much Oxygen.


I look forward to the discussions and some great meats!!



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Lou, welcome to the forum.  The search bar at the top of the page can be your best friend.  If you have questions just search for the answers there.  You can, of course, post any question you have and one of the local experts will be along to help you.



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texas.gif  Good morning and welcome to the forum, from a nice cool day in East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything 




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Lou, welcome to SMF!  Glad you're here and looking forward to seeing you around the Forum, especially since we married the same smoker!


The door is the only weak link in the WSM, but it is a minor issue unless you like smoking at lower temps like 200F-225F.  You have 3 choices for the leaky door.


1. Just smoke away and it may seal up in time. 

2. Buy an aircraft aluminum, heavy duty aftermarket door.  People love them.  About $40 if I remember right.

3. Pick up a high temp sealing gasket, which is probably the easiest thing to do.  My door was in terrible shape when I received it.  Plus my WSM was slightly out of round so the lid leaked too.  It smoked fine but liked to cruise at 275F.  I smoked that way for 6 months then picked up a nomex gasket kit made for the WSM for less than $30 on Amazon.  It sealed the lid and door with enough left over to seal my Kettle.  I can smoke at any temp I want now.        


Definitely looking forward to seeing what you smoke in that fantastic smoker!


Have fun.




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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.

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