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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hello, I am Brand new to the world of bbq / smoking. Going to buy my first smoker today from gander mountain. Great forum you guys got here. Hope to learn a lot from you all.



post #2 of 14
Welcome aboard and I am sure you will like it here. There are many willing to help and share
post #3 of 14
Welcome to the forum. Get that smoker home, season it and then get some meat on there to smoke. You are going to love smoking and this site is a wonderful place to ask question, read and learn.
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 

for some reason I just tried posting a topic in another area, and I guess I am on a pre moderated status for posting in certain areas. So I guess Ill post my question here as well, since it looks to be a safe bet.

Im looking to buy a Smoke Hollow 30" electric or the Smoke Hollow 34" LP smoker from gander mtn today. I am wondering what the consensus is on electric vs gas when it comes to this brand?

Im in south florida so the weather is normally very nice, we are looking for something easy and inexpensive to operate.

Plans for smoking are: beef, pork, chicken, sausage, veggies... we are not fans of turkey or seafood, so those we probably wont get into.

If we go the LP route, how long does a tank last when smoking?

Thanks in advance.
post #5 of 14
Yea you first couple of posts will have to be approved by the moderator. Its not very many and then you won't have to deal with that. I think it is used to cut back on spamers maybe???? Not sure but it will be over very soon.
As far as Propane vs. Electric wood burning its all a toss up. Its like the Ford, Chevy, Dodge thing. (Ford is better though icon_smile.gif) Everyone has their own likes and diss likes its pretty much a personal preference. Most people actually have several smokers so they have a variety. I personally have never had an electric so I can't comment on how they run. I have two propane rings and one UDS which burns charcoal/brikets/Lump wood. You can get a lot of smoking out of one LP tank. I can't say for sure how long because it would depend on a lot of things, wind, outside temp etc.
Hopefully someone with experience on an electric will be along soon to throw some input your way as well.
post #6 of 14
Welcome to the forum, Withoutink!

The propane question has been debated regulaly over several years and pops up quite often. The solution to tank longevity is, and repeat often, TWO TANKS......TWO TANKS.....! icon_smile.gif

You will only have to run out on a Sunday evening prior to a Monday holiday once to be convinced of this wisdom.

Keep us posted. I am a propane user more for convenience and lack of the time needed to pay attention to a proper smoke. Too busy farming

post #7 of 14
WELCOME, Hope we can help out and good luck with your new smoker...
post #8 of 14
Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
post #9 of 14
First off welcome 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 14
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 #11 of 14

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 #12 of 14
Howdy, welcome to the SMF!!
post #13 of 14
Welcome to SMF! You will enjoy it here, nice quick answers from experianced folks on just about any question you can think of. My bbq learning curve has bent sharply torwards putting out good q quickly thanks to the advice I recieved here.

The fuel debate is full of folks passionate on every side. It ultimately comes down to your preference and what you perceive to be the best mix of hassle, price, and taste. Everyone has a different preference on those variables so there is no set answer. I prefer to use charcoal and wood for fuel, but I don't mind the hassle and don't need it to be 'set it and forget it' like others do.
post #14 of 14
Welcome to the SMF, We are glad to have you onboard
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