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Hello all.  I just got my Bradley 4-rack electric smoker and cover, but haven't fired it up yet.  Still have to buy or build something to support it at a comfortable height on the back deck.  Any ideas?


I confess to throwing a handful of hickory chips on to the infra red reflector in the gas grill under some pork butt chunks now and then.  It works sometimes, sometimes not.  I think the control with the Bradley will let me get better and reproducible results.  I have ordered The Book, downloaded the rub and sauce recipes, and have the Maverick dual probe thermometer.


My main reason for getting a real smoker is to make smoked kielbasa.  I make a serious fresh version, and want to put together some real smoked, natural casing rings.  Most of the store-bought stuff is awful. Of course, ribs and brisket are also on the list, and maybe some fish.


I live in Clifton Park, NY, long retired, widowed, and live alone.  I do all my own cooking, have no more pets, and do some serious woodworking, mostly Adirondack guide boats.  Recently was detoured to building banjoes.  Finishing up my third, and last, so I can get back to boat building.  I can't play banjo, but am learning.  I much prefer my fiddle.


Enough about me.  I will be sure to lurk, and post with questions.

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



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