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Hello everyone. My name is Lynn Livingston and I'm from East Texas. It's just me and the wife and the kitty kats at home now days. The kids are 'bout grown and have given us a couple great grand-kids so far.
Been grilling a short while and quickly came to realize I was in "over my head" when trying to create some great tasting meat. I can grill up some edible food, but it's not what I was hoping to achieve. I can buy better down at the local pig, and I really want to try to change that.
I'm not looking to compete or anything, just learn about grillin', cook up some good grub, and most of all enjoy the journey.
I have the standard Char-Griller with the side box added just recently. That friggin' side box is really what caused me to go looking for some help. That thing has made a fool out of me for the last time! I just knew I could make better grub with that thing attached, but I didn't know I'd have to learn how to use it properly. I must have got a couple bad units, because the pictures on the box don't look like what's coming out of my griller! icon_confused.gif Plus, the instructions inside don't say anything about all the hours it was going to take to learn how to use it either! icon_wink.gif

Well, hopefully, with all the info to digest here, I can start learning to cook up some grub somebody might want to eat. Looking forward to meetin' and greetin' you folks!

Lynn Livingston
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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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Welcome to SMF glad you joined us. You'll find lots of good info here maybe even some about modifying your smoker to work better than it does now. If you have questions just ask and someone will try to help answer them. Have fun and happy smoking
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Welcome to the SMF, and thanks for the introduction. I think you're going to enjoy reading and interacting with our friendly members. It's all good my friend.
post #5 of 16
Hello Lynn and welcome to SMF. I am sure that with a little reading here you will be turning out some tasty Q - Let us know how we can help
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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

post #7 of 16
Welcome to SMF, Lynn. Glad you joined us.
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Welcome to the forum. It won't be long and you'll be smoking like a pro! If you have any questions, feel free to ask and you will get all the help you need.
post #9 of 16
Lynn, hello from Denton and welcome to the SMF. It might take you an hour or so, but I'm willing to bet you'll be able to find a thread that addresses the challenges you're experiencing.

As I've been told on more than one occasion a great thing about this hobby is that you get to eat your mistakes.
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Side Box

Hi Lynn, I'm Tony from Ma. I purchased a Char-grill Duo last year and Love what it can do.

I also got the side box for smoking meats. The manual tells how to put the thing together,and gives recipes. Not too much on using.

I made some good Q on it last year,but had to keep adding coals every hour
to keep temp.
I was using wood chunks, and I guess I was suppose to use split logs.
I will try the logs this year, if I can find some in Mass.

Good luck!
post #11 of 16
Welcome to SMF , you too will soon be posting Qview . I live down in Mabank Texas on weekends and weekday I live in Mesquite Texas ( closer to work )

Buddy Burk
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welcom Lynn! Glad you found us here at SMF! Spend some time reading through the old and new threads to catch up on techniques. Everyone here is more than willing to help. If you're in the middle of a smoke and have a question or two, someone is usually on here to assist.

Also- We love to see a Qview. Especially those of us at work...PDT_Armataz_01_04.gif
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First off welcome Lynn 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 #14 of 16
Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
post #15 of 16
Welcome to the SMF Lynn, We are glad to have you onboard
post #16 of 16
Howdy neighbor, welcome to the SMF!!
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