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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 

Hi all, I'm Trist from Hull, England. I'm getting a smoker for my birthday 2 weeks as yesterday, I have been interested in smoking for a while and struggling what to get for my birthday I have taken the plunge and started down the smoking road. Any help hints and tips would be gratefully appreciated. I have before today made my own sausages and when I get competent at smoking I plan on making some more and smoking them.


Thanks for reading



post #2 of 24

Welcome to the board! Look around, this place is full of ideas and information. I'm running a "stick burner" in Ohio.

post #3 of 24
Thread Starter 

Cheers pal, excuse my ignorance mate but what's a stick burner?

post #4 of 24

"Stick burner" is slang here for a wood-burning smoker. Mine is the "offset" type with a cooking chamber heated by a firebox on the side. I have a lot of fun playing with it and I'm itching to fire it up today, as our temperatures will finally rise above freezing.


post #5 of 24

Hello and Welcome to our addiction.  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.  All info you can provide us with such as smoker type, location and so on will help us answer any questions you may have, and pictures help a bunch.  Spend some time doing some research on the forums, tons of advice and recipes already available there.  Check out Jeff’s 5 day smoking E-Course ( link below ) that will help you get started.  Couple other good threads to help you get started included.  We look forward to your contributions.  Have fun.  Good luck.  Keep Smokin!






post #6 of 24

One more thing, look under the Groups tab and you'll find a UK Smokers group.

post #7 of 24
Thread Starter 

This is the one I'm getting it's an entry model, until I get to grips with the science of smoking and the venture into the big league. Yours looks sweet. 

post #8 of 24

People here get some good results from vertical-type smokers, look up "WSM" (for Weber Smoky Mountain)

post #9 of 24
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your help Blue cant wait to get hold of it, I'm sure the wife will let me have it before my Bday just in time for spring too. I noticed you grow your own Veg too I'm an allotmenteer

post #10 of 24

Hello Blue.  What trist said was he grows his own on county land set aside by for that purpose.  You apply for a plot and when one becomes available you pay a small fee per year to grow your own.  Many U.K yards are quite small by U.S. standards.  I think this process links back to WWII when folks were encouraged to grow your own because of the UBoats sinking so many supply ships.  GREAT idea!  Wish they would implement it in the States.  Keep Smokin!


post #11 of 24

We had "Victory Gardens" here earlier, and there's a growing (heh) trend for community gardens in our cities, to provide fresh vegetables for city dwellers who have few sources of food, other than small stores that sell crisps and beer.

post #12 of 24
Hi Trist, welcome to our family. As you have already found out plenty of good people on here that will answer any of your questions.

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post #13 of 24
Thread Starter 

Thanks Smokey, can't wait to get my hands on it, got my eyes on a fattie for my first smokin:drool:

post #14 of 24

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



post #15 of 24
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Cheers Gary, I'm sure I will be tapping in to the vast knowledge that appears to be here

post #16 of 24

Welcome aboard Trist.  Thumbs Up  Post up pictures of your Fatty smoke, if you get a chance.


Have fun getting to know your new smoker.

post #17 of 24
Thread Starter 

Thanks Jack I will be posting pictures I have so many ideas for my first fattie, it looks like something that can be messed about with no end

post #18 of 24

Welcome. Fatties are fun to experiment with. Plus anytime you wrap meat in bacon just has to be good...:grilling_smilie:

post #19 of 24
Originally Posted by TristHullsmoker View Post

Thanks Jack I will be posting pictures I have so many ideas for my first fattie, it looks like something that can be messed about with no end

It is certainly true that "The Fatty" can be messed with without limitation.  I doubt that two have ever really been made the very same.  (And most are probably pretty good).  :drool

post #20 of 24

Bacon: I had an amusing conversation with a man who is willfully and persistently Scottish - it was hilarious to see his description of utter disgust at the discovery of American bacon with sugar.

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