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Complete Newbie

Joined Dec 27, 2006
Hey there. I am a complete and total newbie to smoking meats. I have a friend who smokes and have been fortunate enough to be able to comsume a lot of his wonderful food. My beautiful wife bought a smoker for me for Christmas. It is the Char-Griller Smoker Pro. It is horizontal and has an off-set fire box. I am trying to read up as much as I can before I take it out on it's maiden voyage. I still have a few accessories to get (chimney, meat thermometer, grill cover, etc.), but I am rearing to go. Looking forward to getting to know everyone and getting some great advise. I live in Ankeny, Iowa and work in Quality Control for a major mortgage servicing company. If you want to know anything else about me, just ask.


Fire Starter
Joined Dec 10, 2006
My name is mike and I go by mctrick,There is a lot of knowledge in all of the forums and its all for just asking. I live in Omaha, Nebraska and only been on forum for 3 weeks. welcome


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined Nov 22, 2006
Welcome aboard Hawkeye glad your here. Be sure to season that smoker before you cook on it. Check out jeffs 5 day e-course its loaded with great info.

smokin' hawkeye

Thread starter
Joined Dec 27, 2006
Thanks mctrick & msmith. I already started the e-course. Should receive the second day's entry today. Looking forward to getting to it, but want to do it right!


SMF Events Planning Committee
Joined Apr 17, 2006
Welcome to SMF Smokin' Hawkeye!!! Sounds like your almost too excited. Nah, couldn't happen. ;) You have definately found the place to help you get started. I look forward to reading about your experiences in the forum as you progress along.

Good Luck!


Fire Starter
Joined Nov 9, 2006
Welcome aboard the SMF Smokin' Hawkeye! I myself use a Char-Griller with side firebox. Like msmith said, be sure and season the griller before you use it. I set my thermometer in my oven and then mounted it with 225* pointing straight up so I can see it from a distance. Also I've placed ceramic briq's on the grillers lower charcoal rack dense at the firebox opening and opening up more and more as you get away from the firebox. You can get a bag of 53 for about $10 at Lowes. I set the lower rack on the 2nd setting and put a pie tin with about 1/2 beer and 1/2 water in front of firebox opening. The heat seems to distribute throughout more evenly. I use mostly cherrywood for fuel with pretty much a constant fire next to the intake and moving the coals towards the opening of the smoker as they burn down.

Best wishes and good luck


Smoking Fanatic
OTBS Member
Joined Sep 24, 2006
Welcome. We have a Hawkeye and a Cornhusker here. Hey, remember the old joke; if you can't find a corn cob, use a cornhusker.
I had that bumper sticker years ago when I lived in Iowa. Love those Hawkeyes.
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