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  1. smokedad

    cook chamber thermometer

    Do most people put a temperature gauge on the firebox door or keep track of the firebox temp? I would like to know how hot I need the firebox to be so that I can get the temp I want in the cook chamber, but I don't know if there are too many variables, like the type of wood used, etc, to make...
  2. smokedad

    cook chamber thermometer

    Thank you very much, SecondHandSmoker, I appreciate the information. I will check it out.
  3. smokedad

    cook chamber thermometer

    Thanks, SecondHandSmoker. What kind or brand of grommet would I use for that if I do as you suggest?
  4. smokedad

    cook chamber thermometer

    I am in the process of building an offset smoker, and I am to the point where I am going to start on the doors. I want to have a thermometer on the smoke chamber door to keep track of the temperature in the chamber. Does anyone have a suggestion for which thermometer is best to use for this...
  5. smokedad

    metal door question

    Thanks, everyone. Any suggestions as to what type of metal to use? Someone told me that cast iron like for a fireplace door might be good, but maybe more expensive than other types of metal.
  6. smokedad

    metal door question

    I am building an offset wood-burning smoker out of concrete block and brick, with fire brick in the fire box, and I am to the point where I need to start thinking about doors for the fire box and the where the meat will sit. Does anyone have any suggestions for what type of metal or thickness...
  7. smokedad

    Need Advice - Center cut pork loin

    that rub isn't as sweet as I thought it would be just looking at the ingredients, so you may like it. He also uses an injection for pork with the rub, which I also like, that is made up of: 3/4 cup apple juice 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup salt 2 tablespoons Worcestershire
  8. smokedad

    Need Advice - Center cut pork loin

    I do pork loin quite a bit, and I use a SPG layer first, and then put a rub on top of that. I have injected some with apple juice mixed with rub, and it has turned out great. I generally use a sweeter rub, but I have used Chris Lily's pork rub and I liked that, too. I smoke it at about 250 to...
  9. smokedad

    newbie wood questions

    thanks again, zwiller, I hadn't thought about the fact that they wouldn't want to put scrap stuff in the kiln, but that sure makes sense. I will ask them about all that. We have a company in town that does BBQ and they get most of their wood from this sawmill, so I don't think they spray but I...
  10. smokedad

    newbie wood questions

    Thanks, zwiller. What would the mill spray on the wood?
  11. smokedad

    newbie wood questions

    Thanks, zwiller. When you say ask if they spray, what would they spray with?
  12. smokedad

    newbie wood questions

    I live near a sawmill that kiln-dries wood before they use it. They put the scraps in bins that are kept outside and you can go and get them for really cheap, and they have oak, red oak, hickory, maple, etc. If the wood is kiln-dried before I get it, is it good to use in the smoker right away...
  13. smokedad

    Seasoning a smoker

    The smoker I am building is an offset smoker. for seasoning, do I just need to build a fire in the firebox? will that take care of burning off anything in the area where the meat will be, too, or do I need to build a fire in that area as well to season it?
  14. smokedad

    converting gas grill

    I did see the vent in the back and wondered how that might be closed to keep smoke and heat from escaping. As I am not a welder or metal worker I think it would probably be a lot of money and time to do something like that, and I have plenty of other projects to work on. My wife was trying to...
  15. smokedad

    converting gas grill

    I have a gas grill that bit the dust, and I was wondering if anyone has converted one to a wood-burning offset smoker. I believe the one I have is a Char-Broil classic 3-burner gas grill. I know you would have to cut a hole in the side and add a fire box, and add a chimney, but beyond that I...
  16. smokedad

    newbie wood questions

    Thanks, motolife, the pictures help. that's some pile of wood you have. I hope you have a wood splitter or a lot of friends who like to use axes to cut all of that.
  17. smokedad

    newbie wood questions

    SonnyE, you pose a very good question. Generally I have been using charcoal and wood chips/chunks, but every now and then I use whatever I need to get rid of, such as evidence of any kind.
  18. smokedad

    Seasoning a smoker

    I am in the process of building a smoker that will use wood exclusively, but I am a newbie and have always used charcoal. Can someone please explain how to season a smoker? Do you have to just burn wood in it a few times without any meat in it? Thanks for any help.
  19. smokedad

    newbie wood questions

    I am in the process of building a brick smoker, which will be like an offset smoker, and I plan to use wood exclusively in it. I haven't used just wood for smoking as of yet, so I have a few questions. I was given some plum wood by a friend but I have never used it. Does anyone know if plum...
  20. smokedad

    newbie marinade maker

    I am looking for suggestions for a steak/beef marinade recipe. We have one that is on the sweet side that we like, but I am always looking for others to try. Thanks for any suggestions.
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