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Thread Starter 
Hi all. my name is Mike and I am from maryland. I want to start to smoke. Can anyone give me some input on a good smoker for around 200. I was looking at three off set box smokers. The char griller, the char broiler, and the brinkman? Hopefully all of you great smokers could send me i the right direction so I can become a decent smoker. Thank you
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Hi Mike, WELCOME to SMF! You will learn alot here and that itself with get you on the road to being a great smoker.
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Welcome to the SMF Mike, We are glad to have you onboard
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I have the Char Broil Silver Smoker and have been happy with it so far. I added a heat baffle about 14" long, a chimney extension, sealed the chimney at the cooking chamber, and am going to build a charcoal basket so I can use lump charcoal more often. With these mods using the Minion method with Kingsford and chunks of hickory, I can maintain 180-245 for 3-5 hours depending on the temp outside.

The Brinkman SNP is very similar. The only thing that I have concerns with is the thickness of the metal. I think it would hold temps better in cold weather if it was a little thicker.

My .02.
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Thread Starter 
thanks jjwdriver
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Welcome to SMF, What part of Maryland are you from
post #7 of 13
Welcome to SMF, Mike. Glad you joined us.
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Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
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First off welcome Mike to SMF. It sounds like you are well on your way to be an outstanding new member of this fine site. 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 #10 of 13
Howdy & welcome to the SMF!!
post #11 of 13
Mike, welcome to the forum. Before making the plunge, be sure to dig through the various threads about smokers. You will find that just about everyone is very passionate about their smoker and it's performance.

One thing's for sure - if you're not bashful and aren't afraid to ask questions you will find this little corner of the WWW extremely useful.
post #12 of 13
Welcome to the SMF, and take some time selecting that new smoker. It'll be worth the wait.
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Welcome to SMF, 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

I Would Highly Suggest Reading these posts on Food Safety by bbally.

This thread will tell you basically everything you need to know and the man explaining it is
both a ServSafe Instructor and a HACCP Instructor.

Here you can get the 2009 USDA Food Safety Guide from his site.

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...

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.

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