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Another new guy from Oregon

post #1 of 27
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Hi all,

I stumbled on this forum a few days ago and have been quite busy reading through the posts.

I am Tom from Cheshire Oregon. I have been smoking for about 5 years with a Little Chief that I had modified with a Big Chief element. It would do a fairly decent job and I was able to made some good ribs, butts, briskets, salmon and oysters. In the last year, it got slower and slower and finally a few weeks ago, just as I was starting to smoke some Tri Tip for a chili cookoff recipe, it died. I was not too heartbroken as it was too small for my needs. My lovely wife said it was ok to get a new smoker, but we did have a budget. After much back and forth, I finally decided on a MES 40", which arrived earlier this week. Reading through most of the posts on MES, I feel pretty confident that I will be able to be successful first time out.

My wife and I are homebrew beer and wine makers (we have a 320 vine vineyard) and we do a lot of sausage, ham and bacon. My wife is also food safety certified.

I have not been good about taking pictures for Qview, but here are a few from some Buckboard Bacon I made a few years ago.


post #2 of 27
Welcome to SMF. Thats a heck of a intro there. Glad to have you here.
post #3 of 27
Man lots of us Oregonians signing up lately PDT_Armataz_01_37.gifGuess we need something to do during our rainy months... lol. Nice looking bacon!
post #4 of 27
Welcome to the Forum!
post #5 of 27
Welcome to the SMF,We are glad to have you onboard
post #6 of 27

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 #7 of 27
First off welcome Tom 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 #8 of 27
Welcome from a little south of you in Medford! The bacon looks great!
post #9 of 27
Welcome to SMF, Tom. Glad you joined us.
post #10 of 27
Welcome to the SMF Tom. Love the qview.
post #11 of 27
Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you aboard.
post #12 of 27
Fine looking Bacon, Welcome to the SMF. Enjoy your stay.
post #13 of 27
Welcome from Pittsburgh, PA
post #14 of 27
Welcome aboard, Tom! Nice looking BB you got there. Thanks for sharing!
post #15 of 27


Welcome to the forum... Seems like your ahead of the smoking game already... I also have a MES 30" but it gave up on my yesterday just as I was getting ready to put 5# of trout in... I think it is way too cold, anyway that's what I'm hoping... Nice to see another Oregonian on the forum... Enjoy... This is a great place...
post #16 of 27
Hi Tom, and welcome to the SMF. Congrats on the MES, sounds like you've have a nice background, and thanks for the pics.
post #17 of 27
Welcome from Iowa. Looking forward to seeing your smokes and getting some of your wife's input on food safety issues. We get a fair amount of those questions around here.
post #18 of 27
Welcome Tom,
You'll love it here-----AND that's some outstanding lookin' BBB your showing there !

post #19 of 27
Welcome to SMF Tom. Been living in Oregon all my life and I still had to look up where Cheshire is.

Good looking BBB you got there. I'm getting ready to try it for the first time soon. Got the pork in the freezer, just need to decide on the spices and find time to do it.
post #20 of 27
Welcome from Pittsburgh, PA
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