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Hey everyone, my name is Matt and I am new here, obviously. I have been around smokers all my life and have built many home made units from small barrels to large upright freezers. I found SmokingMeat.com a while back and love the site and just recently started lurking on the forum. I have found tons of great info and look forward to diggin deeper into the vast amount of info that is available here. Currently I am using my first store bought smoker which is a Camp Chef 24" smoke house. This is the first time I have ever used a gas smoker as all my others were built electric. I am loving the gas and don't know why I never went that direction in the past. I have never used wood as a primary heat source, but hoping that will change soon. I am currently building up my inventory to build a trailer unit which will be primarily wood with a gas assist/backup. Thats the main reason I joined the forum. I think I am going to need a bit of help on this build. I will that that conversation to the build forum. Anyway, thanks for having me and look forward to a long and tasty future here.

post #2 of 17
Matt, welcome to the SMF Family. As you have already found out-there is a wealth of knowledge to be had here. You'll be glad to know that you will find a number of members here that run gassers and some here even have one of each fuel source.

And if you're going to build a unit-you came to the right place. We have folks here that have some awesome design and building skills.

Enjoy! and we'll se ya in the forums!
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No Creosote! A-Maze-N Smokers

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Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
post #5 of 17
Welcome to SMF Matt!

I am from Delavan which is in central IL where are you located?

Although I go to school at SIUC.
post #6 of 17
Welcome to SMF Matt. Glad to have you here & looking forward to seeing your qview & build. Enjoy your stay.
post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone.

Benjamin, I am in Kickapoo which is just west of Peoria.
post #8 of 17
Welcome to the SMF Matt, We are glad to have you onboard
post #9 of 17
I've been known to kick a poo or two. I grew up in Canton, a few miles further west.
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Welcome fellow Illinoisan to smf, glad you're here
post #11 of 17
Welcome from a fellow Illinoisan too!

post #12 of 17
Welcome to the forum
post #13 of 17
Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
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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 #15 of 17
First off welcome Matt 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 Addictio
post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks again everyone. I finished up the e course a couple weeks ago, well still reading it.

You will definately get plenty of pictures from me. I have been around forums for a long time, behind the curtain and in front. I know how important they are for everyone. I just cant see any of the Qview at work. All of them are blocked. I have to read about something and then pull it up at home to see it. Frustrating.....................
post #17 of 17
Welcome, sounds like an interesting build you have planed. Make sure to post pics as this is in process.
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