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A big "hello" from Gowen MI

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Hi all. I've lurked here a few times over the past year or so, but decided to create an account after looking at some of the builds going on in the Wood smoker section. I've been BBQing for about 3 years now. I played with it off and on for many years, but after retiring the awful Chargrill charcoal H2O POS I was using, I ended up buying a GOSM propane vertical smoker (cheapy from Wally world). That really got me going. I try to cook *something* every weekend. I've since graduated to a UDS earlier this year, I love it. It was a lot of fun to build too. However, I have the itch to build another unit. I really want to build an offset. Maybe even a reverse flow, mounted on a trailer. I'd really like to start doing competitions someday (I still need a TON more practice). I have 1 project left to finish (tranny swap in my "spare" Jeep) and then I think I can start looking for a 150-200 gallon LP tank to get started. My wife has been pretty supportive, even when I take pictures of the food I cook (food pr0n!... our kids don't really get it though). So.. that's where I'm at right now. Two of the other forums I visit on a daily basis are and Looking forward to making this forum another morning "must read" when I get to work.
post #2 of 18
Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
post #3 of 18
Hey Dedmete,

Love the originality in your user name. Welcome to SMF. If you have been lurking, you already know what great information is here. Take some pics for us, as we love to see what you are doing.
post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
I *loved* your recent build.
Wow, what a unit. I read that thread from start to finish. Very impressive work sir. I have a welder similar (but smaller) to what you're using (I'm horrible with it though), but those cuts with the plasma cutter make a torch pale in comparison.
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
Oh, and here's a pic of my baby: Makin' Bacon'. It's a UDS with a taller lid so I could fit 2 racks in there. I love it.

post #6 of 18
Welcome to SMF.....Dedmete.....looks like you already have an addiction for which there is no known cure CONGRATS....
post #7 of 18
Welcome to the SMF, I like that UDS you've got.
post #8 of 18
Welcome to the forum. That UDS does look good. Once you start Smokin, it's hard to break the habit. BBQengineer just completed a nice reverse flow.

post #9 of 18

Greetings 'Dedmete', and Welcome to the 'community'.

Enjoy your stay at
Settle in and have fun.
Any questions, plenty of experts... and make yourself at home.
post #10 of 18

Welcome, 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:

For Step By Step Instructions On Posting Qview Check Out This Tutorial
post #11 of 18
First off welcome Dedmete 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 anything to 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 #12 of 18
Welcome to the SMF dedmete
post #13 of 18
Hi Dedmete. I'm from Warren, MI and new here myself. Great place ain't it? Like a meat candy store for adults.
post #14 of 18
Welcome from Canton,MI Nice UDS, My Plan is to bulid one soon.
post #15 of 18
Welcome from Mid Michigan. Where is Gowen?
post #16 of 18
Thread Starter 
In the middle of no-where. We're about 15 minutes north of Greenville, which is about 40 minutes north east of Grand Rapids.
post #17 of 18
Greetings from about a half hour south of you! Glad to have you here!
post #18 of 18
ok, east of Hardy Dam then.
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