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Hey everyone.  Thought I'd do the intro.  I was born and raised just outside of NYC and then joined the Marines 11 years ago as a pilot.  As a single guy, moving around everywhere, and I've mostly lived in small places.  I've learned to appreciate things not common to NY... like country music, and BBQ.  Until now, I've never lived in a place where I could actually put a grill.  I love smoked food, and it's something I've always wanted to do.  


Now that I'm in VA, I've been  around  a bunch of people who smoke.  My neighbor cooks every weekend and it smells awesome.  So, I bought myself a Chargriller COS.  I researched for a bit and did some mods already.  I used the silicone sealant between the offset and main chamber.  I put in two thermostats on each side at grill height.  I used the aluminum tubing to extend the exhaust.  I haven't quite figured out the baffle yet.  I've never cut or welded metal either.  So, right now I'm on my first cook (pork shoulder).  The side closest to the fire box is about 300 and the far side is 225.  I need to keep reading on how to keep the temps even.  Any advice appreciated.  In the meantime, I'll keep reading.  



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Welcome to SMF from NC! 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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Semper-Fi Marine, Much respect to you guys


-From a 10 year Navy Vet



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




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Honkersmoke here, I am a from Manitoba Canada! Living in Wichita Kansas, hopefully everyone has heard of Canadian goose,
I went to college in Minnesota, everyone called me honker because of a Canadian goose, bad name but all I could come up with right away! I am fairly new to smoking, I got a electric 30" masterbuilt! Love being outside, smelling smoke, meat and most of all drinking beer!! I have some some ribs, wings and sausage already! Hope to get lots of tips from everyone and share lots of pictures once I get the smoke rolling! Cheers
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Ryan, and all,

As requested. Here's my first smoke...

Working the fire...

Pork hour 5...

Added chicken at 6...


Came out insane good. Need work on heat control, and timing. I used store bought mashed because I misjudged time. Girlfriend made mac and cheese. Good meal for first run out of the gate. Until next time...
Edited by skidkidusmc - 5/27/15 at 7:06pm
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And Thomas- much respect to you and your Navy brothers. I have a ton of close friends from flight school and boat tours. Good people.
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Great Job, now your'e hooked    Looks Tasty    Not bad for a Yankee Boy,   and thank you for your service    points1.png




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