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Hello From New Jersey

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Happy New Year everyoneicon_smile.gif

My wonderful fiance informed me that she wanted to buy me a smoker for Christmas after trying some smoked fish/meat that a friend of mine made. I have yet to do any smoking myself, but have consumed respectable quantities of smoked meats/fish/poultry and have wanted to get into actually making it myself.

Soooo I have looked at many smokers on line but am confused about what to buy. I want to get a dedicated horizontal smoker, as we have a nice bbq, with a Side Firebox and plan to smoke with wood.

Budget is about $600 although spending less would be great so I can afford to buy more to put in the smoker. Any help would be greatly appreciated

can't wait to start smoking and post some pics.

Hope 2010 is getting off to a great start for you all
post #2 of 12
Welcome to SMF. It's a great place to be!
I'am still confused what smoker I like, so I try making home builts.
I'am sure one of the other members with more experience will be along in a little bit!
post #3 of 12
Welcome to SMF, Jim. Glad you joined us.
post #4 of 12
Can you give a little more information?

Size of area you have for the smoker?

What you plan on smoking?

How many people you would be smoking for?

Do you want to be out with the smoker a lot, or put it in and forget it?

Picture of the present barbeque if possible.

Makes a difference on what I would recommend.


PS. If things don't work out with the fiancee please direct her here as any chick willing to purchase a smoker is definately a keeper for many of us.
post #5 of 12
Welcome to the site.
Lots of great folks here and lots of superb recipes and drool worthy Qview so you're sure to love it.
post #6 of 12
welcome today is my first day also
post #7 of 12
First off welcome Jim 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 12
Welcome to the SMF Jim,We are glad to have you onboard
post #9 of 12
Howdy & Welcome!!

Sure is great to see all the Nor'Easter's getting into Q & Smoke!!
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the Welcome

She is a keeper and I just hope she continues to buy me presents like this after we are married.

We have plenty of space in the backyard, a large cement patio 15x15 or so.

I am thinking of starting out with ribs and probably doing some pulled pork, but eventually want to smoke some bacon, fish and probably some duck.

Probably cooking for 5 people on a regular basis and preparing stuff to take to friends parties.

I view it is a labor of love and really enjoy cooking so I will probably be attending the smoker.

The bbq is snow covered at the moment, something I will have to remedy soon but here is a link to what we have:

post #11 of 12

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.

How to post Qview to Forum:

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

For Step By Step Instructions On Posting Qview Check Out This Tutorial

post #12 of 12
Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks here and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.icon_smile.gif
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