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Background:  Moved to Texas in 1988, from, Butte, Montana and what I 'knew' about Bar-B-Que you could fit into a box of 500 matches and still have room for 600 matches!  My experience was limited to the Webber Kettle Grill, on the weekends that it DIDN'T rain, snow, sleet, hail, or when I was done with the "Honey Doos".  In other words in 18 years 3 weekends.  What I DID learn about was DRAFT, (wood burning stove- sole source of heat for 16 years) the art of building a fire that, even with pine wood, you could extract heat for eight hours, with out the fire going out completely out.


So when I got to Texas, (and adjusted to the changes in weather - still working on that ) and I heard about 'THE REAL THING'-- BAR-B-Q, I was interested.  When I watched some new friends using their Grills, I noticed that draft didn't seem to be of too much concern.  This didn't make much sense to me.  So I was looking about as to "How to build a vertical cooker to properly cook (smoke) the meat.  (I was trying to reinvent the wheel.)


So now I have the MASTER FORGE TWO DOOR PROPANE VERTICAL SMOKER (working on the mods),  and this GREAT SOURCE OF INFORMATION!!!!!   Talk about a blessing!!!!


Unfortunately due to VA medical prescription SCREW UPS, I have not been able to do much, as of late but it is getting better.  I am planning to finish up the MFPS in a couple of weeks, or should that be in a couple of weaks, and start   SMOK'EN   ..   


By the  way  "WINGNUT" is not from the B-B-Q wings but the Honda GOLD WING Motorcycle,(motorcycle & small engine mechanic for 35 years).. Just in case you were wondering  .



BACK TO LURK MODE.........  









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Well thanks for the background & welcome to SMF WINGNUT

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Welcome and enjoy the forum.

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Welcome Wingnut

Was a Texan myself at one time. Again Welcome to the family

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Welcome to SMF glad to have you

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Welcome Wingnut!  Motorcycle fan myself.  Sold mine 3 years ago 'cause Momma thought i should have something the whole family can enjoy (18 more years and I am back on!).  I live on highway 81 in Nebraska, coming up is one of my favorite weekends of the year... 20,000 motorcycles screaming by town on their way to Sturgis!  Quite a sight.

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Welcome to SMF!! Lots of good folks and information here...  

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OH MAN STURGIS!!!  Did you know "Sturgis" is a real town with a pouplation of about 1800 people, and that for the Month of August the pop. can get up to 250,000????  Talk about CRAZY!!!!

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250,000 would be on the low side.  Was going to borrow a buddy's bike and head up tomorrow morning with some friends but had Auditors show up for their annual Surprise this morning so those plans are off... oh well, maybe next year.  Gotta make the $ before I can spend it!

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Welcome aboard Wingnut!  Happy smokin'! 

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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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Hi Wingnut. Another cycle fan here. I still have 4 of them, but lately i find myself riding bicycles almost as many miles as i do the mc's. Sturgis - yeah everybody should see it once, but the Hills are a much nicer ride when most of them folks are gone. I always loved the Hills right after labor day when the motor homes and posers had gone home. Welcome to the forum!

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First off Welcome Wingnut to SMF. you'll like it here for there are alot of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking. Now there are alot of proven recipes for some amazing things here too. So if you need sign up for the E-Course it's free and it will give you the basics of smoking and some good methods to use also. So the next big thing for you to do is go out and get you something to smoke and if you happen to have any questions just post it here and we will be happy to answer them for you.


Welcome To Your New Addiction  

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Originally Posted by mballi3011 View Post


Welcome To Your New Addiction  

E-Course ??

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Welcome to SMF, you joined before me but welcome anyway. And welcome to TX. The

E-Course is @ smoking-meats .com. You can sign up for a free e-news letter and in the yellow bar you can sign up for an e-course where you will receive an e-mail a day for 5 days. I got mine and learned alot from it. It is well worth signing up for. Being from Rockport, there should be some Redfish showing up soon. Now that is something I would like to try and smoke. I'm getting ready to try and smoke some salmon, but being here in TX you know the heat index is around 105 - 110 every day so I think I'm going to hold off a few months. Good Luck and happy smokin......

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