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New guy here seeking input on new smoker purchase for rookie smoker.
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Hi Ben!

Welcome to SMF!

When I first started I used an LP smoker that I bought at Lowes.

It was cake to use and I had some great smokes on it.

I've since moved to the WSM which I have yet to use but from everything else I've read, they are a dream to use.

It really depends on what you want to do.

Wait for others who have had charcoal, electric, LP and stick burners to reply and see what you think you can handle to start with.

I used my Weber 18.5" kettle grill to smoke some fantastic ribs a few weeks ago so you don't need a big fancy rig to make awesome Q!
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Welcome to the best meat smoking forum on the internet.

I love my MES30, but I would rather have the MES40.

Say Hi to Little Joe, Hoss, Adam, and Candy.icon_cool.gif

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Hello Ben, and welcome to the SMF. If you have any questions, feel free to ask our friendly members. I know you'll get a lot of feedback on choosing a smoker, but still do some research. It's all good my friend.
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Welcome to the SMF Ben! You know, asking a large group like this what's the best smoker will yield almost as many responses as active members! icon_wink.gif Seriously though, many other questions need to be answered first. Questions like;

1. How many will you be cooking for on average (along with how big of an eater each member is)?

2. How much will you smoke at one time?

3. Do you host many large parties?

4. Do you want to leave your ribs whole or do you mind cutting them to fit?

5. What fuel type do you think you'll like best (or, how much tending do you want to do with your smoker)?

Answer those questions and we'll certainly be able to help you with your selection.
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Welcome to the SMF, We are glad to have you onboard
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Yeah, what Mr. Mac said. . .biggrin.gif

If we knew what kind of a budget you're working with; the fuel source you whant to use; and the size of group that you plan on cooking for we could better answer your questions.

Prices can range from $40-$50 and go up to several thousand.

BTW-welcome to SMF!!
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First off welcome Ben 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 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
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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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