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Thread Starter 
I'm new to the forum and to smoking. I'm an amateur chef indoors, but am also cheap and a procrastinator. The gas grill I got as a wedding present finally died so I made the jump to real outdoor cooking!

I just put together a new Chargriller Smokin Pro and thanks to this website I did all of the mods right from the start. I did the dryer vent thing, sealed the lid and SFB with wood stove gasket, replaced the charcoal basket, bolted two new therms to either side of the lid at grate height and put in a baffle at the opening to the SFB. That's the only part I got creative: Because I will still grill occasionally I wanted to still be able to adjust the ash pan. I took my old smoke box from the gas grill, hammered it out and cut slots for the ash pan handles to fit in. Now I won't have to remove the baffle for grilling; I can just flip up the hinge and go!

I look forward to learning a lot and sharing my mistakes!

Oh...the Weedpatch BBQ thing is in reference to my very unkempt backyard where I will do my cue.
post #2 of 17
Hey welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you!
post #3 of 17
Welcome to SMF Weedpatch. I am sure you will enjoy plenty of smokes with your new & improved smoker. Please enjoy your stay as we are happy to have you.
post #4 of 17
Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
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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 #6 of 17
Welcome to the SMF, We are glad to have you onboard
post #7 of 17
Another STL Smoker???

WELCOME Weedpatch, what part of town you from??

GEZZZ, I ought to put together a STL BBQ gathering
post #8 of 17
Wow. You are way ahead of most noobs with those mods and thinking ahead. Welcome from Austin, TX. We look forward to your Qviews. You're gonna love the ideas you get from this forum.
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Welcome to smf, Weedpatch, sounds like you're got your head in the game already PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
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First off welcome Weed dude 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
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Welcome from another kitchen chef, (love me some cajun cooking).
Sounds like you are getting started in this smoking thing of ours the right way.
Enjoy the site and post some pics.
post #12 of 17
welcome, good luck, and nice to have ya ! !
post #13 of 17
Hello from Indiana, welcome to SMF!
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
Eaglewing: I'm in South County at Lindbergh and 55. I would be very interested in a STL BBQ get-together. Maybe I should practice a little first...
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No Creosote! A-Maze-N Smokers

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Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
post #17 of 17
Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.
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