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Howdy from over here in Oregon

post #1 of 23
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Hi All,

I've just come across this awesome resource today and I can't stop reading!

My name is Jason and I'm out here in the south...of Oregon. PDT_Armataz_01_28.gif

I've been grilling for a long time. Spent way more time than I should've with those darn table-top gas grills and then bought a Weber gas grill about 10 years ago. It's finally in need of replacement parts.

I've gotten plenty of compliments from my work with the gas grill but a couple years ago I felt the need to get real with my Q and bought a Weber kettle. I also bought a wonderful accessory known as The Smokenator. It's basically a manufactured piece of steel that allows me to contain the fuel to one side. I've written a little about it on my much-neglected blog at jwbbq.blogspot.com.

This year (Father's Day) I decided to step up to something that could hold more meat than my kettle, with entertaining in mind. I picked up the Chargriller Outlaw with Side Fire Box at a local Sportsman's Warehouse. I think I paid about $200. The Outlaw is HUGE compared to my other 2 grills. Now that I've been trolling this site I see that I have some work to do on it. I always suspected it would need modding but never really looked for resources before today.

In general, I'm not too bad with the grill/smoker. My ribs always get rave reviews (albeit from a biased crowd...family) and I'm not too shabby with chicken, other meats, and veggies. Like many of you, I've yet to be entirely satisfied with my product so I keep tinkering (hacking in the tech world).

I'm a techie (programmer) and love to cook in general. I hope to one day spend more time Q'in than coding. If the Q genie showed up and offered me one wish, I'd only need one, a Lang smoker/cooker rig.
post #2 of 23
Welcome Jason........you found the best site out there on the net.........BIG Family here, and they will treat you as a member..........

Make sure you sign up for Jeff's free 5-day ecourse, and don't forget the Q-view.............some here say, no Q-view, it didn't happen..............

check out some of the stickies............they will show you how to post the q-view, if you need help...........how to do a search for a topic, or to answer a question, that may of been answered many times before.........

BUTT! At the same time, the only stupid question, is the one NOT asked.....

Once again, welcome........

post #3 of 23
Welcome. Oregon is one of my favorite states. Wish I could get back out there too.
post #4 of 23
Welcome to smf. Check out this link, it will help you with the chargriller mods
post #5 of 23
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the warm welcome..

@walking dude - I've already signed up (just a few minutes ago)
@smokin365 - already been there :-)
@flash - Oregon is definitely nice but there's nobody around here that sells any wood! I can get chords of black oak but I'm not ready for that kind of commitment. We have a ton of pear orchards so I've keeping my eyes peeled for someone getting rid of the old stuff when they replant.

All I can say is, it's a good thing I work for myself. I'd have been fired for the 4 hours I've spent on this site today.
post #6 of 23
alright Jason......on the ball...........i will even get you your first POINTS! ! ! ..........lolol........now find the sticky/article on THAT feature..........biggrin.gif
post #7 of 23
Welcome, from the bluer part of the state!
post #8 of 23
You come from a beautiful part of the country, Jason. I have family that lives in Salem and love to visit Mt. Hood. Need to make my way south the next time I'm there!

Glad ya joined us at SMF!
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heck laurel..........you need to make your way north HERE...........lol
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You sound like another fun memeber!!!
I love how you realy get to know folks around here, great personalities.

It realy is a family,
anything you need don't hesitate to ask. literally 1000's of years of experience available.
post #11 of 23
Greetings to my northern neighbor!
I must ditto Chef_boy! he is being humble cuz he is a great inspiration himself!
Happy Smokes!
post #12 of 23
hello jason

that is a great part of oregon to be from i have hunted around rogue river a few years ago i like it down there its awesome country its amazing to me how many people live down there but if you leave the black top you never see anybody i would start stopping at the pear orchards and asking them maybe they have some wood laying around already seasoned ready for the smoker good luck

post #13 of 23
Welcome to SMF. As you are already finding out, this is a friendly crowd and willing to help.
post #14 of 23
Welcome to the smf.............Glad to have you here..............
post #15 of 23
Welcome to the family..glad you joined us.
post #16 of 23
Hey Jason welcome to the addiction.
post #17 of 23
Howdy from noo yawk!Welcome to SMF!
post #18 of 23
Can't really add much to whats already been said...but welcome aboard!! Glad ta have ya here
post #19 of 23
Welcome aboard Jason!!
post #20 of 23
Welcome aboard Jason. Back in 91, I had a shipmate from Grant's Pass. I spent several long weekends and a couple weeks there while I was stationed in Alameda, CA. Beautiful country, helped me make my decision to move to the mountains when I 'grew up'. One of my favorite memories of my service days was going to a county fair there. It reminded me of home (West Texas) and I had an absolute blast there. Anyway, welcome aboard and I expect these folks here will become like family.
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