I just joined the forum after searching the internet for what type of smoker I wanted to get (build).
This started a few weeks ago when I attended a party where the homeowner had a neighbor bring the meat (brisket). I have to say that it was the best tasting meat that I had ever eaten, and I am pushing 300 pounds, so I have eaten my share of meat!
The guy that did the brisket does this professionally (part time) for parties and such, and I am not even sure what he did it in because he just brought the meat.
I have to admit that this site is awesome, so please do not take this as a cut, but rather as a constructive comment. I find the site a little hard to follow sometimes with all the abbreviations, and acronyms that are thrown around. Is this by design? or is it because it is a close knit group and you all speak the language? Maybe an area for the newby's to read through that has all of them and their definitions?
A thought for all you guys that have been here, and have vast amounts of knowledge on the subject of smokers. It would be nice for us newby's if there was a sticky after the name of the various type smokers in the forum headers that showed a rough sketch of that particular design, and a short description of how they work, and the benefits and short comings of that design? I have about 25-30 hours reading through the website, and I admit I am more confused now on what type of smoker I would want to build, maybe that is just me?
I have better than average fabricating skills, I have a torch, a mig welder, and a shop full of tools, so the actual project of putting it together will probably take less time than figuring out what to build. If there is a section that details the different type of smokers I missed it, please direct me to it so I can get on SMOKIN. Meanwhile, I am open to suggestions on what type is best. I will need something to feed a fairly large family, 4 married kids, and 8 grand kids that like to eat. So give me your best answers with a little reasoning please.