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Thread Starter 
OK, here's the deal. I have just assembled a Masterbuilt charcoal/wood smoker. I think it's 30". I bought it for my the wasband about 3 years ago and he never even opened the box! When I left I took it with me. Now, I must learn how to do these things. I've figured out the grill...workin on the smoker. I just need a couple of questions answered. How much charcoal/wood does one use? Fill the box? Starter fluid? Heat to what temp before putting in meat? Start all meats at the same time? (pork, chicken) This should get me started...LOL
Sorry about the ramble...just excited about the smoker and this forum!

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Welcome to SMF glad you joined us. You'll find lots of good info here and some great recipes too. First thing you'll need to do is season that smoker. Get a charcoal chimney to start your coals NO lighter fluid. Also need a meat thermometer or two. Most things we try to smoke at 225-250 with a few exceptions.
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Welcome to the group you will find all the help you need here and dont be afraid to ask any question.
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Welcome to SMF. Glad to have you here.
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Thread Starter 


Thanks for the help. Season it first...who knew? Got it! NO fluid! Got it! Is this also a no for matchlight? Chimney...will find one. Again, thanks!
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Stop by chat sometime if you need to ask questions or to just shoot the chit.
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Welcome that sounds like the Texas girls I know. Congrats on your new hobby. Be sure and do the 5 day basic smoking course on the main forum page. This will get you started and be a lot of help. Then read the he!! out of the forum. Check out the charcoal smoker section. Lots of good people and info on this site. Start out simple with just one kind of meat of your choice. Get that masteredPDT_Armataz_01_14.gif and then grow from there. Good luck and happy smoking.
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Welcome to the forums Sweetnsassy.
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Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
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You can buy the following at Walmart usually: chimney, Royal Oak lump charcoal (much better than briquettes, and if they don't have it, just by regular briquettes, not Match Light), wood chunks (hickory, mesquite, etc, whatever you like or would like to try), and some thermometers (one or two stick type, an oven therm that you can set on the cooking grate, and if they have them a probe type or two. If not, Target has a good Taylor probe type at $14.99). Use newspaper in the chimney to light to get the lump started in your coal pan, pull off the chimney when it's going and let get hot, add a few wood chunks for smoke (not much, don't want it billowing, just a nice blue thin smoke).
Pick a meat and try some rub and check out cooking times, but most important

TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES OF EVERYTHING YOU DO AND SIGN ON TO PHOTOBUCKET or your favorite pic hosting site! We're picture fiends, called "Qview" and love to see what you're making so we can drool!

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post #11 of 14
Welcome! You are correct, no match light. Glad to have you here!
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Welcome Sweets, It is obvious you can get all the help you need. The info above is the best you will find any where. The folks here are great and we enjoy helping others, if you don't get to sassy.icon_lol.gif
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Hello SnS, and welcome to the SMF family! Glad you joined us. You are gonna like it here, lots of great and helpful folks. You're already gettin' good advice. Once you have a chance to take Jeff's 5 day eCourse, and browse the threads here, you'll be turnin' out some of the best food you ever had. Good luck and don't be afraid to ask questions when you need help.
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Welcome aboard sweetnsassy....nice ta have ya here!!
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