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First timer, first posting

Discussion in 'For New Members' started by SGMan, Mar 12, 2019 at 11:07 AM.

  1. Hey everyone!

    I accidentally stumbled across this site and have been reading nonstop for the past few hours! What an amazing resource for all things smokey!

    Im currently in the process of determining what would work best for me.
    My parents swear by their pellet grill/smoker. My boss has an electric smoker. Friends of mine used the upright manual flamer with wood chips.
    SO many choices and ways to go, and honestly this is usually one of my favorite times (putting in the research) next to experimentation and exploration!

    I feel that Im in pretty good company and knowledge here in this community, and I hope to one day be able to share some of my lessons learned.

    Looking forward to learning more and more!
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  2. SGMan,
    Welcome from Chesapeake! Do some more research and examine budget/time/type of foods and lots more variables.
    My first smoker was homemade but it worked and I was hooked.
    What ever you decide remember to document your smokes with pictures to share with us...no pictures it didn't happen.
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  3. It all depends what you want to do and the size you need. For instance if you mainly want to do snack sticks, like myself, you would want to get an electric smoker that can go down to low temps., etc. There is a wealth of info on this site and, yes, sooo many choices. I suggest you take notes and then decide what is best for you!
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  4. kruizer

    kruizer Smoking Fanatic

    Welcome to SMF from Minnesota.
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  5. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Welcome to the site, happy to have ya join up. As said above there are as many different smokers as there are ways to smoke meat. It basically all boils down to what you want to smoke, your wallet, location and how much time you want to spend around the smoker.

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  6. fivetricks

    fivetricks Smoking Fanatic

    Ask yourself what is more important.

    Being able to sleep on long overnight cooks? Or the purity of starting a wood fire and cooking that way.

    Both have their advantages, but once you answer that question, you will narrow your search considerably.
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  7. I will admit, I am leaning towards the 'being able to sleep' and/or Ron Popeil (set it and forget it) methodology.
    There are definitely pros and cons to all of the methods available for me to tinker with, and well - thats a part of the fun too :D
    My boss and a couple of coworkers have smokers too so Im bouncing some ideas off of them as well.
    That and of course I need to convince the lady that this would be a worthwhile investment (of time as well as resources)
  8. weedeater

    weedeater Smoking Fanatic ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Welcome to SMF from NW Georgia. You have come to a happy place!

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  9. gary s

    gary s SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Welcome from a cloudy but nice East Texas. This Forum is addictive

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  10. chopsaw

    chopsaw Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hang around to much , and you will own all the smokers you talked about .
    Enjoy .
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  11. fivetricks

    fivetricks Smoking Fanatic

    If I had a gun to my head, I'd say buy and electric and an Amazen tray. Good starter unit, genrally not much cost relative to other units.

    This will give you the chance to learn and explore the hobby with the most possible convieniece (read: least frustration) and versatility. Then if you decide you want to go further down the rabbit hole from there, you can invest in a more serious model. I, like many others here, have multiple models and they all serve their purpose.
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