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post #1 of 19
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Name is Vince but go by Vinnie (Italian by Marriage). I’m 51 yrs old and live in Chicago, with a great wife and great 21 yr old son going to Univ of Iowa (got the $110,000 Iowa T-shirt to prove it!)
I work for the FAA but I’m starting to think about retiring after 33 yrs in Air Traffic Control.

I have a Member Mark Stainless Grill (love that thing), Charcoal Weber, 2 Turkey Fryers and the newest addition, a Brinkmann Vertical Gas Smoker that I can’t seem to get below 275F (and it’s really ticking me off). Well that’ll be another post.

Wife and I are excellent cooks but I wanted to expand my horizons into smoking. So the wife just got me the Vertical Propane Brinkmann (stands about 40” high) for my B-day. Years ago I had a charcoal smoker but never learned how to stabilize the temp. Finally gave up and through it away. So here I go again! I’m really excited about finding SMF and looking forward to learning. Still working on the picture thing.
post #2 of 19
Welcome Vinnie (Italian by marriage). LOL
I'm Steve from Elgin, Il. so you ain't that far from me.
Your in the right place, that's for sure!!! Keep yer cool (pun intended) and the good folks here will have you turning out great smokes in no time. Lots of people here just love to help newbies as well as oldies. lol If ya have a question just kick it out there for someone to answer, it usually doesn't take long for a response. And remember, the only dumb question is the one ya don't ask.....Looking forward to seeing some pictures of your smokes....PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #3 of 19
Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
post #4 of 19
uncle Lar here from hennepin, bout hour and a half southwest of you
welcome to the forum. you will be glad you came!
you will be an expert in no time if you absorb half of what you learn on here
post #5 of 19
First off Yo Vinnie welcome 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 #6 of 19
Nice to have you Vinnie, you have come to the right place. There are many people here that have those vertical smokers that can give some pointers to get you smoking like a pro in no time. Everyone here is very informative and very willing to help. You can also find a ton of good stuff in past posts.

These guys are good.
post #7 of 19
welcome....lots of good info here.
post #8 of 19
Welcome Vinnie! I have two yutes in college myself! The pros on this forum will be able to help you out with anything you need or want to know - It's a great place to learn or just hang out.
post #9 of 19

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 #10 of 19
Nice to have you here Vinnie.Welcome aboard!!!!!
post #11 of 19
Welcome to the site Vinnie, great you decided to join up, you'll get the temp issue worked out in no time, there's lots of great folks on here that are more than happy to get you going.
Sounds like you sure know your cooking, now just need to master the art of TBS.
post #12 of 19
Welcome to the forum. Stick around here and you'll be smoking like a pro in no time.
post #13 of 19
Welcome to the SMF Vinnie,We are glad to have you onboard
post #14 of 19
Welcome aboard Vinnie. Good to have you here.
post #15 of 19
Welcome Vennie, great folks here and a world of information.
post #16 of 19
welcome vinny. from another Chicagoan.
post #17 of 19
Welcome Vinny
Lots of very friendly, helpful folks here
post #18 of 19
Welcome from another Illinoisan. I'm surprised King Richard hasn't imposed a tax on you fellows smoking your own meat yet biggrin.gif
post #19 of 19

Welcome from a transplanted Kentuckian

Welcome, this is the place to hang out and learn some cool stuff, It wansn't too long ago that I stubled upon this site.

Start out simple and be patient, and you will turn out some good Q.

And buy yourself a good thermometer. The ones that come on most smokers are not very accurate.
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