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Hello from Kentucky

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Wanted to stop in and say hi. I have been lurking here for a while and thought it was time to introduce myself.

I hunt and have always has the interest in smoking, but just thought it took too long. I don't have the lifestyle that allows me to stand a babysit a smoker for 6 hours. I have gotten more time lately and have realized that it doesn't have to be as difficult as I once thought.

I am now trying to decide what kind of smoker to purchase. I have even thought of building one just to see if it will get use. By the time I build one I could have invested the same amount of cash into a little Brinkmann. Now the only question is wether to get the electric or wood. I am thinking of getting the wood smoker. I have a hotplate and could always rig it up if I wanted to try it.

I love to cook and make jerky. Some of the stuff I have seen here had really got me thinking and joansing for a smoker. I have completed the 5 day course and am currently taking all suggestions for a first economical smoker.

Glad to be here and hope to be able to share a success story soon.PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif

post #2 of 18
Welcome to the site. What kinda of smoker your get depends on what you want to smoke and how much you want to spend. The brinkmanns are good. There is alot of good reasonably priced smokers out there.

post #3 of 18

look to the left of the page..........lots of info there........how to articles and links ..........make sure you sign up for Jeff's 5-day ecourse.......

once again.......welcome

post #4 of 18
Welcome to the site. If you have limited time, you may be in trouble!icon_wink.gif You will find that this place is awesome, and your grocery bill will never be the same. There isn't a freindlier place anywhere, jump onboard!
post #5 of 18
Welcome to SMF. You will enjoy it here and find alot of people eager to help you in your indeavers.
post #6 of 18
Welcome to the site!
THe ECB is a good cheap choice and few can be found cheaper.
I picked up a new ECB at Walmart for $30 called the Smoke n' Grill.
With a few cheap mods this thing becomes a truly excellent smoker.
You might look around a bit and see if you can find a used one for less.
At $30 though you can't go wrong.
post #7 of 18
Welcome to the SMF! pick one... build fire.. cook meat with fire and smoke... let us see pictures! its that easy.... this place is loaded with lots of friendly folks!! You'll love it here!
post #8 of 18
Big Howdy to ya Big E and welcome to SMF! If you haven't decided yet, think of getting a used Weber Kettle (less $ while deciding). Great smokers ( yeah, they grill too)! I have a used one that's used for small, single item smokes. Only thing I did was replace the original grate with one that has the two lift up sides. You put the meat in the middle, and coals on each side, in the kettle. Works really well. Also added a thermo in the lid.

Anway, again, welcome and enjoy the place as much as we do!
post #9 of 18
Welcome to SMF. This is THE place to be. Now the smoking journey begins.
post #10 of 18
Welcome aboard the SMF.
post #11 of 18
welcome to smf eric. you are going to love it here lots of freindly folks make sure you send us some qveiw when you do your first smoke.
post #12 of 18
Welcome to the greatest group of people.
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the kind words. I went out today and did some recon work. Looks like I can get a Brinkmann bullet for about 50 bucks at Lowes. I have a few of thouse handy gift cards (thanks kids) left from xmas so it looks like I can get this done on the cheap. I need to review the mods and see what needs to be done. Maybe I'll have her runnin by this weekend. Think I'll start with a chicken. Will keep you posted. Thanks again. BIG E
post #14 of 18
BIG E.......please look for/buy a brinkman GOURMET.........charchol............trust me, its werth it......easier to use than a reg ecb

post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 
Yep that's the one I was lookin at. They have the red electric and the green charcoal grill. The electric is around 70 bucks and charcoal is 50 or so.

I figured if I wanted to use it as a electric smoker than I could add my hot plate and give that a whirl.

My wife bought me a Char-Griller Super Pro Charcoal Grill/Smoker last year (without the firebox) and I took it back to he store. I know... I know... I just wasn't ready to head down that smoky road. I looked the the overall size and it just looked like overkill for my needs.

Question... It's freezing here in KY right now. How will the cold weather affect my smoker? Yes, i know the answer is out there, but since I was here....
post #16 of 18
i was smoking in 9* weather just last weekend........

WIND is the biggest enemy........wind steals heat...........cold can/is overcome...............

you will need to make some mods to that smoker......they are on here........get it.......give a heads up......and we all will help

but yea......you can even buy the electric element from brinkman to PUT in that charcol brinkman........but your hot plate mite werk just as well.......
post #17 of 18
Hello there, and welcome to the SMF. You're gonna love this site, plenty of friendly folks always willing to help you out. I have learned a lot just by reading around the forums, you will too! Best of smokes my friend.
post #18 of 18
Welcome to SMF! It sounds like you've got some good advice and you've got a plan. Go for it and ask whatever questions you have. There will be someone here who has the answer you need.
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