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Smoking with the Boy Scouts in FL

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So after countless weekends camping with my Boy Scouts here in North FL and always thinking, "it sure would be great to sit back and smoke some meat" all day on Saturday, I finally bought a smoker for the troop.  Problem is, I've never smoked anything and I can't even claim to run a grill well. 


I picked up a used Oklahoma Joe Longhorn on Craigslist last weekend and I'm furiously researching the forum to figure out how to use it properly.   It has only been modified by sealing the joints between the firebox and cooking box and the chimney.  I'm guessing my next priority would be to add some gasket to the doors and maybe try to find a tuning plate to get the heat even across the length of the grill.  I just received my Maverick wireless thermostat today but I'm thinking of adding a second thermostat to the upper right port and 2 or 3 across the front at grill level.  Probably not necessary but I can't resist gadgets.  I'll also add a 90 degree bafflle to the chimney to bring the chimney down to the grill level.  I also like the idea of trying to fabricate a charcoal box with an interior S shape to maximize the minion method.


Today I pressure washed everything to clean it up.  Tomorrow I plan on spraying it down with some oil (vegetable or coconut?) and heating it up for a few hours to season it.  The boys are planning to make the maiden voyage this weekend on our troop camp out with some brisket.  If all goes well they will be hooked and do this at every camp out (unless it's a backpacking trek, of course) .  Sure seems like a great skill for them to know.


I bought "Smoking Meat" to get started but sure would appreciate any advice you experienced smokers may have for me.



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Welcome to SMF Bill! welcome.gif
We're glad to have you.
Boy Scouts sure has changed since I was a kid. We went on a trip every third weekend of the month, but only once or twice a year did we every stay anywhere where we were able to bring a smoker. Most of our camps were several miles in and we cooked our ramen noodles over a Primus stove 😉. I'm not familiar with your smoker, but I know that someone will be along shortly who is. As for the forums, 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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texas.gif  Good morning and welcome to the forum, from a cool cloudy day here in East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.



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