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I'm James, and I live in northern California. Up until this week, I used a vertical charcoal/wood smoker, graduating from a cheapo Brinkman to a much nicer New Braunfels vertical smoker.

I caught this bug about 12 years ago smoking a turkey on my Weber kettle for Thanksgiving. Read about it in Sunset magazine. It was such a hit and so easy that smoking became a family favorite. I have a wide range of experience with poultry, pork, beef, fish, and game meat jerky. About the only thing I haven't tried smoking is cheese (which is on my list out of sheer curiosity). I've used a myriad of fruit woods -- my two favorites being plum for heavy smoke and apple for a lighter touch. Alder is another favorite.

I found your forum while researching my latest acquisition -- a horizontal wood smoker with an offset firebox. My neighbor was going to have it hauled away and I saved him the trouble! The brand is long-lost as the unit has been neglected for years. It is a heavy gauge 16 inch barrel 32 inches long. I'm almost done restoring and modifying it (I have to tack up some custom grates) and then will season and christen it this weekend. I will try to post some pix soon.

I appreciate Sticky's advice on baffles and tuners and temp and smoke management, and I have incorporated those modifications into my new system.


"When my life insurance agent asked if I was a smoker, I'm pretty sure he was thinking tobacco.......silly agent!"
post #2 of 14
Welcome to SMF!
post #3 of 14
James welcome to SMF glad you decided to join us. Congrats on the new smoker. You'll find lots of good recipes here as well as some great recipes. Have fun and happy smoking
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Welcome to the forum. That was good of you to help out your neighbor like you did.

If you're interested in finding out the make and model of your new smoker, post some qview of it and maybe somebody will recognize it. We'd all love to see qview of your cleanup and mods in progress if you have them.
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Welcome to smf, now start smoking, and bring on the qview biggrin.gif
post #6 of 14
Welcome to the forum James! :)
post #7 of 14
welcome..great stuff and people here.
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Welcome to the SMF James, We are glad to have you onboard
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Welcome! I can guarantee that if you read the posts here, you will learn more about this crazy addiction, and how to do it even better!

Hopefully, you'll share with us some of your secrets as well!
post #10 of 14
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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James, Welcome to SMF from a fellow Californian. I am in Southern Cali b4 u ask & we are happy to have you here. Great score on the old horizontal wood smoker with an offset firebox. We will be looking forward to your posts / qview & hope that you will enjoy your stay here.
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Welcome to the SMF.
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First off welcome James 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
post #14 of 14
Welcome to the SMF forum, You came to the right place. Good people and good info.
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