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Good Morning.


I'm new to this forum and a rookie smoker. I live in Springfield MO, the BBQ capital of southwest MO.

I've done a lot of grilling and am learning smoking and grilling are two different animals.

My job has me traveling a lot so I'm have days, sometimes weeks, that I can't use either my grill or smoker.

My ID comes from my hobby, model railroading.

I have three kids, fourteen grandchildren and six greats so I have lots of people willing to sample my efforts. My wife has been encouraging me to use the smoker more........I'm going to.

I have a Char-Broil vertical charcoal smoker. It was a gift from my father-in-laws. It has some good features but some drawbacks as well. My biggest problem is maintaining the temp. Several blogs on-line suggested to put wholes in the charcoal pan to help with venting air. I did that and my son built a s-shaped ash rod that also helps.

My first effort this summer was country style ribs. They turned out pretty good but had to finish them on the grill. Couldn't get the heat to the 210-220 range I wanted. It wanted to stay in 175-180 range, an improvement over last summer( 155-165 degrees) but still not where I wanted it.

If anyone has any ideas/suggestions, I'd love to hear from you.



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



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Welcome to SMF! welcome.gif
We're glad to have you. The search bar at the top is your most valuable resource here. This forum has been around for over ten years, so there is a good chance that any questions you may have, have already been answered (they may have 10 different answers, but you'll get an instant response non the less).
Please be sure to post your smokes along with your process and recipes. We will be glad to help you along the way and we may also learn something new ourselves in the process. Also, don't forget the very important Q view! (We're mad for pics on here 😁)
Always remember to have fun because it's not fun if you have to work at it.
Thanks for joining,
- Ryan
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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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