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Kurt from NYC

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Here is my story of how I became a smoke meat fanatic.

First off, I was so excited to find this site that I posted my problems, then found the Roll Call! So here ya go.

My father built a smoker when I was in school and I have fond memories of coming home on break and smoking something, Chicken, jerkey, fish. He was a mad genius in that he built most of what he used. The smoker was built from scratch with this-and-that, based on some 20 year old books on smokers. It's about 5 foot tall and 2+ feet wide and deep.

Here is the top vent, it's aluminum and was drilled out using a drill press.

Here is the propane burner at the bottom (recently replaced, see below).

Here is the whole setup with the wood chip pot:

Well back to the story!

After college I moved around and ended up in New York City. Without a smoker! As many of you know it's hard to have a smoker in the city, especially if you live in any sort of mulit-family dwelling.

My other hobby is fly fishing and I visted the Catskills many times over the years and last year my wife and I bought and refurbished a small village house in the Catskills (that's a whole story in itsef!). So now I have a place to have the smoker! Fast forward to this summer and I was finally able to ship my fathers creation to my house. I was stoked.

Once it arrived I needed to find some new hoses and fire it up on it's first smoke in almost 20 years! However I ran into some issues (well one major one) in that the smoker couldnt get hot enough. I was bummed!

So I trolled the internet and found this site, and I thought, they've gotta know how to help me. So I took some pictures and posted my issue. Within moments I had suggestions (thanks everyone!).

So after checking out everything it turns out that the single burner at the bottom wasnt operating properly and not producing enough flame. My father had several other stoves (a 3-burner, 2 2-burners and 1 1-burner) so I took the remaining 1-burner and had to head back to the hardware store for more hardware. Then I had to install the hose through the back on the opposite side. More hardware, then finally success!

Then I had to get chips, recipes, rubs, I drove my wife crazy PDT_Armataz_01_12.gif.

The first item on the agenda was what to smoke. Since I grew up in New Orleans and love their use of smoked meats in the dishes several things came to mind: Andouille, tasso, boudin are all staples in dishes like red beans and rice, gumbo and jambalaya. So I settled on tasso and threw in some salmon for good measure.

Finished products (sorry for the double post of pics :) ):


So now on to other meats. I want to do brisket (definitely!), ribs and jerky.

For equipment, I'm looking to get the dual probe thermometer mentioned here.

Thanks for all the help on getting me up and running. I look forward to sharing and contributing to the site.

post #2 of 18
Welcome to SMF, Kurt. Glad you joined us. Nice qview. smile.gif
post #3 of 18

Greetings and Welcome to the 'community'.

Enjoy your stay at
Settle in and have fun.
Any questions, plenty of experts... and make yourself at home.

Download here

I created a 32x32 Desktop icon for SMF members if they want it. Just download it, UNzip it to anywhere (but remember where)... then if you have a current icon you are using just right-click/ 'properties'/change icon/ and go look for where you unzipped it and click it. Then name the icon what ever you want... obviously I named mine Smoking Meat Forums

If you don't have a desktop icon you can easily create one using this icon if you want.
It is transparent so your background should just show threw!!

(I hope someone didn't already do this before)

The BLUE is my desktop background, not part of the icon....

post #4 of 18
Awesome way to join forum Kurt.That smoker is sweeeetttPDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #5 of 18
Great story Kurt, and I'm glad you could join us...Were abouts in the Catskills are ya? I work down that way from time to time
post #6 of 18
Welcome to the site Kurt, so glad you found this place and got the good old smoker up and running.
post #7 of 18
Welcome Kurt
Great story - nice pix too
post #8 of 18

Welcome to the SMF Madness.

That smoker is a treasure. looks like it has had its share of use too.

Good luck with the mods you've done on it.

A little help for the new Guys and Gals on SMF
post #9 of 18


Hiya Kurt,
Welcome to your new addiction. Glad to see someone is spreading the love of good cajun food to the folks up north.
Bob, - Baton rouge
post #10 of 18
First off welcome Kurt to SMF. You'll like it here cause there are abunch of good folks here that would just love to help you out with just about anythignto do with smoking. We really like to have newbies here because they can bring in a new propective to how things are done. There's nothing like a new set of eyes to give and new way to make things that little differant to make things alittle better. So I hope you know about the Qview here.
Here's a link to photobucket it's free and easy to download pictures. Then if your really new to smoking Look up the E-course.
It's also free and it will give you the basics of smoking. So after all of that you just need to go grab something to smoke and if you have any question just post them here and we will answer it quickly so you don't have any mishaps with your smoke.
Welcome To Your New Addiction
post #11 of 18

Welcome Kurt, Glad to have you with us. This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.

For Those of you New to Smoking, be sure to check out Jeff's 5 Day Smoking Basics eCourse.
Click Here it's "FREE"... 5 Day eCourse

Everyone here enjoys seeing the Qview so be sure to post plenty of pics...

Large ones that us old people with bad eyes can see.

When you uploading to Photobucket I always use the Large IMG setting, 640 x 480 it is a nice size...

How to post Qview to Forum:

post #12 of 18
Say Kurt, nice smoker you've got there. BTW, welcome to the SMF.
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
I am in a little village called Jeffersonville. It's 13 miles south of Roscoe, NY, which named itself, "Trout Town USA". We are 10 miles SW of Bethel Woods were the original Woodstock was held (not in Woodstock, NY). Really like the location. If you're in the area let me know.

Bob, as for Cajun food, I have had a terrible time finding anything local. So I usually resort to the Internet, but shipping is a bit much so I wait until I need several items. I used to have a buddy of mine whoc took a trip to Laplace every fall to see "a guy on the road" who sold home made andouille. That was worth every penny! As I get up to speed on tasso, I'm moving to Andouille!


post #14 of 18
Kool Kurt I have a friend who works at a hospital in Monticello. I don't get that far south often but I'll look ya up if I do.
Again welcome to the forums and I'll be looking forward to the Q-view!
post #15 of 18


Your father was ahead of his time, it still looks great and very functional. Good luck with the rest of your smokes.
post #16 of 18
Hi Kurt,

Welcome to SMF!!! Good looking QVIEW - keep it coming.

I know your area - home of the Roscoe Diner off Route 17. I drive that way on the way to house upstate in Cooperstown.
post #17 of 18
Welcome to the forum Kurt! Nice smoker!!
post #18 of 18
You'll just have to smoke enough during the summer to last you the rest of the year back in the city. Or you could just sneak back to the mountains every once in a while. :-) Welcome the group.
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