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Hi all, 


I've decided it's time for me to join SMF. 


So a bit about me, I'm a college student in upstate NY, graduating this spring. 

Born and raised on the Connecticut shoreline, loved saltwater fishing and cooking since I was 8 years old. 


I discovered smoking about 2 years ago and was hooked right away. 

I started off with a cheap MECO vertical water charcoal smoker, and just last month upgraded to an offset twin burner made at a local welding shop.

The thing is solid steel and for $500 I couldn't resist. Still getting used to the dry smoke vs. the steam on the MECO. 



As for meats, I do a lot of pork shoulder/butt, brisket, and any fish I catch (ie. bluefish, striped bass, tautog, flounder etc...)

I've tried ribs a handful of times, but I can never get the fall-off-the-bone. I'd really like to perfect my St. Louis cut ribs so any advice would be greatly appreciated!.

I also would like to try out different heat sources, thus far I've stuck to lump and briquette charcoal.


I here to learn, any and all advice is welcomed. 


Looking forward to chatting with you all. 





The new toy:cool:

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Riedwacker, welcome to the site.  That's a good looking unit. 


Where in Upsate NY are you?  Our farm is between Auburn and Skaneateles.  If you can stop by we've got hickory, maple, apple, cherry , ash, birch etc in the wood pile.  We'd be glad to stake you to a sampler of woods.



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Thanks for the offer!

Unfortunately I'm not that far west, I'm just north of Albany, but I do take an occasional fishing trip to the Finger Lakes. 

I'll let you know if I plan on being out there in the Spring. 

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