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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hello all,
My name is Carl and I am addicted to pulled pork. Having said that, I have been shopping for a smoker for some time now. I must have made half a dozen trips to Gander Mountain to buy a smoker. But I couldn't bring myself to pull the trigger. I was having a hard time trying to decide between an electric smoker like the masterbuilt or a propane smoker like the Smoke Hollow. My lovely wife finally put an end to my dilemma when she came home one day, supposedly from grocery shopping. She came in the house and yelled for me to go out to the car and start bringing in the groceries. Much to my surprise, there were no groceries in her trunk because it was full of a brand spanking new Smoke Hollow propane smoker. Happy Birthday, she said. But my birthday is next Saturday I reminded her. Yes, I know she replied, but I could not close the trunk with the smoker in there and I couldn't go all week with my trunk hanging open. Ain't she a peach! This was just one of many reason I made her my wife! I immediately unloaded the smoker. She had bought the last smoker in stock at our local Meijer and had to buy the display unit so it was already assembled.

I got out my tools and began going over all the fasteners to make sure everything was tight. Then I hauled it out back and connected the propane tank. After reading the instructions I fired up the smoker for the seasoning process. This is when I discovered that what everyone on the web said about this smoker was true. I could not get the temerature below 275*. recalling what I had read on the internet, I called Outdoor liesure products on Monday the 1st and they promised to send a new regulator out the next day. So, I was like a kid at Christmas. I could not wait for the replacement regulator to arrive. 5 days came and went and still no regulator. My birthdaiy was Saturday, March 6th and on that day the regulator arrived. After about 5 minutes I had the new regulator installed and a test smoke started. Now the smoker ran a steady 225* on low. I was ready for my first pork butt.

I will post pics of my first pork butt in the propane smoker sectiion.

post #2 of 15
Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new smoker and Happy Birthday! geez, a trifecta.
post #3 of 15
Welcome to the forum and enjoy.

Dayton; old stomping grounds for 4 years.
post #4 of 15
Happy Birthday Carl glad to have you on board. There are a lot of great people here to help you.
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Did you go to school in Dayton? UD perhaps? I have lived here all but 2 of my 51 years. Lucky meicon_wink.gif
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WELCOME CARL, I like your addiction!!! PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #7 of 15
Welcome and congrats on the new smoker! Sounds like you got a good woman there..
Does that smoker come with a water pan? If it does and you use it, it will help keep the temp down on low setting (I don't have that smoker but it looks similar to a GOSM).
post #8 of 15
Congrats on your new smoker, and welcome to the SMF. This is going to become one of your fav cooking tools. It's all good my friend.
post #9 of 15
Welcome to the forum. You're gonna really enjoy your new toy. Send us some qview from your smoke.icon_smile.gif
post #10 of 15
Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
post #11 of 15
Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
post #12 of 15
Welcome to the SMF Carl, We are glad to have you onboard
post #13 of 15
Howdy, welcome to the SMF!!
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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.
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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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First off welcome Carl 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
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