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Relatively new smoker......here is my story.

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hey guys.

Thomas Zimmerman here, 24 years young, married and first kid on the way. I have a home built cobbled together smoker, a #12 meat grinder from gander (its rebranded same one northern tool sells) and a 5# sausage stuffer. I also have a 2 meat mixers.....and their names are left frozen hand and right frozen hand!

I am relatively new to smoking meat of any kind. Got into things about a year ago to start using deer meat in new ways. I always made a ton of Jerky, and we have made some fresh sausage but always had more jerky than I wanted (you can only eat so much of one thing over the course of a year) and when I was dealing with 200 pounds of deer a year from just my wife and I, let alone my 4 brothers and other assorted family.......well I just thought it was time. We have had things made at the lockers over the years, and it turned out great but its just too expensive for my young families budget.

So...I bought some plywood and cobbled together an UGLY box last year that I have to screw the door on to make it tight to get my feet wet and see just what I could make. I have smoked about 300 pounds of sausages in that thing powered by some electric hot plates, and man its good. It maxes out at about 225 as long as its not too cold. I have been able to get some good beef and pork done as well, but its always a struggle to keep my temps up. Its a 2x2x4 box, so I can get alot of meat in there, but its time to upgrade in build quality. I also want to go propane so I can take it to the lake or various family functions and do anything from pork butt to apple pie in it. So after reading around here for awhile, its time to join up and start posting and get some feedback from others more experienced than me. I am going to go post my question in the other smoker build section if anyone wants to help me out.

Looking forward to getting to know everyone, when I get things finalized and get the smoker built, I will be sure to post pictures!
post #2 of 15
sounds like your off to a great start ask any icon_question.gif's ya want & show us what ya got specially the new additionPDT_Armataz_01_12.gif
post #3 of 15
Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
post #4 of 15
Howdy & welcome!!
post #5 of 15
welcome and congrats on the little one i got my second on the way
post #6 of 15
Welcome, your off to a great start. There is a lot of knowledge here.
post #7 of 15

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

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post #8 of 15
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
post #9 of 15
Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
post #10 of 15
Welcome to SMF! Take a look at the free 5 day E-Course for a start. Good basic info to get ya goin.
post #11 of 15
First off welcome Thomas 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 15
Thread Starter 
Thank you all, I am figuring out the q-view thing. I am doing pepper sticks, pepperoni sticks, and for the first time trying hot dogs on saturday. I will be sure to take some pictures for my first q-view.

If anyone has any advice on my quest to build a new smoker....please feel free to check out the thread I started with some questions. Wanting to go propane and worried I am going to be too hot to do sausage. My brother has that problem with his charcoal he converted to natural gas......can't get below 170 and I am always a little disappointed when I try his stuff!

post #13 of 15
Welcome to the SMF,We are glad to have you onboard
post #14 of 15
Welcome to SMF Thomas and congrats on the baby on its way.
post #15 of 15
You found a good place.. Congrats on the baby and we'll be looking for the build.
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