Greetings all from upstate NY. I'm about 20 minutes south of Brockville, Ontario- VERY far north. We get about 2 or so months of really nice warm weather. I'm a music teacher, classically trained trumpet player and active musician.
I have a Chargriller 5050 with SFB that I just got last month. Have not really used the SFB yet, and this will be my first foray into really doing smoked meats. I used to use smoker chips on my gas grill, but it's not quite the same.It's been great to get back to charcoal- that's how I was brought up and it's what I used for a long time until life got busy and meals needed to be prepared a bit more quickly. So, in came the gas. Since my last charcoal grill, it seems a lot has changed. It's been a great learning process about the different types of charcoals and the discovery of a chimney starter was a huge revelation for me.
A few other toys I have for the grill: just bought the iGrill2, and have ordered the ambient probe which should be on its way to my front door as I write this! :)
I'll be doing a few of the mods I've seen on youtube- like the rope gasket- to help prevent smoke leaks. It does leak smoke quite a bit.
Anyway, looking forward to my first batch of ribs!