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Hello from Illinois

post #1 of 15
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A quick introduction and then on to glean this fine site for what appears to be some good information.

I am not new to smoking/bbq-ing. I've been doing it for 30+ years. My favorite is pork butts of course, long and slow.

I am constantly looking for a better way to use a barrel pit. When I was growing up that's all we had and as I got older I got away from them moving on to other more modern and mainstream pits. I've found that over the years I keep going back to barrel pits.

Right now I'm down to my gas grill which I only use for steaks and grilling type foods, my gas cabinet smoker with the woodchip box which does a fairly good job and I don't have to nurse-maid it once I get the temperature stabilized. The meat does lack that flavor you only get with wood or lump charcoal though so now I'm back to a barrel pit. I have a barrel pit that I have been using the past few years, but it's of such a configuration that doing anything long and slow without being labor intensive would be impossible.

Someone on this site made one that has the valves at the bottom of it and a stack, which does look interesting. I started building one last night and will probably start seasoning it today or tomorrow.

So.. that's my introduction and now on to checking out what others are doing.
post #2 of 15
Welcome! I'm downstate from you, in Washington- I'm sure with your experience, we'll all benefit greatly from your posts!!
post #3 of 15
Welcome to the SMF!! Lots of good info here and looking forward to hearing from you often.
post #4 of 15
Welcome to the SMF! I look forward to seeing the new barrel (drum) smoker. We like q-view and pics of rigs. (I grew up in So IL)
post #5 of 15
Welcome to the smf family..................You got to love all the great info on this site and the great people here too.............
post #6 of 15
Im an IL transplant from Champaign now livin in NW Indiana. Snap some pics of that rig and lets see what your workin with.

Livin on the north side, how bout them Cubs manwink.gif
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks all for the welcome.
I basically pirated the plans from the barrel that I saw on this site. I have two brand new barrels and have the first one made and seasoning right now. From the one I saw here, I fashioned mine after it with little or no changes till I see how things work out.

I'll have some questions for those that use that type of barrel pit, but I'll post in the "charcoal "topic as soon as I get a chance.
post #8 of 15
Ahhh welcome...and yer buillding the ubquitious UDS Ugly Drum Smoker! Butt smokin' machine as BBQ Bubba calls them. I think he has about 7500 in his garage by now...LOL!

Enjoy the site!
post #9 of 15
Welcome Danbury, looking forward to your Qviews.smile.gif
post #10 of 15
Welcome from another Illinois resident Danbury, what part of illinois are you from?
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
I live in the Grayslake Area.
post #12 of 15
I have got alot freind up that way. Gurnee, Round lake beach, Waukegan. Enjoy the site and good luck with the barrel. Remember Q-View ROCKS!
post #13 of 15
Welcome Danbury. You won't go wrong here. Great info to add to your prior experinence.
post #14 of 15

Do you know where i can buy some logs near lake villa i haven't smoked since i moved from TX and i want to start again but i cant find anywhere to buy logs for my off set smoker?

post #15 of 15
Originally Posted by marriott20 View Post

Do you know where i can buy some logs near lake villa i haven't smoked since i moved from TX and i want to start again but i cant find anywhere to buy logs for my off set smoker?

Just so you know, this thread is 5 years old and some of the posters here might not be around anymore.
You might want to post your question in our "Woods for Smoking" forum for better results.

I see this is your first post here so when you get a minute would you swing by "Roll Call" and introduce yourself so we can give you a proper SMF Welcome, Thanks!
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