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Meat Mopper
Original poster
Oct 25, 2013
IL, but nowhere near Chicago
Where to begin?

Name: Bill, aka HB99. This stands for "HomeBrewer". I started brewing in Aug 1994, but it was faster to type in "99" than "94". I brew most weekends. I have my own brewing kitchen and storage area in the basement. As well as a beer fridge and a kegerator that taps 2 - 5 gallon kegs. I have a keezer (in the garage) that holds 8 kegs. Also a member of ([email protected]) although I haven't been active there in a while.

Location: Small village east of the Quad Cities, IL.

Skill level: My WSM Smoker (22.5") is scheduled to arrive this Monday (12/23/13).

Interests already mentioned in profile. They incude travel (I've vacationed in 49 (of the 57 States) missing Alaska, most of the southern provinces of Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico 2-3 times a year), lived in Germany 9 years, seen most of Europe as well as Turkey and So. Korea), photography, music (I play guitar), languages are always interesting. Aiming to add "master smoker" to the list soon.

We have 2 large gardens. Each are about the size of 3 garages sitting side by side. We grow the usual variety of veggies, but would like to add a larger variety of chili's for home made rubs. Growing, sharing (family and neighbors) and storing (canning, freezing, drying) take up a large part of summer along with mowing 2 acres. Most years we give away hundreds of pounds of veggies.

I've been researching, OK, "stalking", the threads for a while now. I've also just a viewed all the BBQ and WSM videos on YouTube. Sometimes a person can do too much leads to confusion.

Anyway, I'll be looking forward to learning a lot here. Thanks for having me.

Hello Bill and Welcome to our addiction.  A word of warning: There is no 12 step program for this one!  Many good folk here with a load of experience that they are more than willing to share.  If you have specific questions just start a thread and someone with experience will be along soon to offer advice.  All info you can provide us with such as smoker type, location and so on will help us answer any questions you may have.  Spend some time doing some research on the forums, tons of advice and recipes already available there.  We look forward to your contributions.  Have fun.  Good luck.  Keep Smokin!

Hello and welcome from East Texas. This is a great site, lots of information and great people that are willing to throw in their two cents worth on about anything.   
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I've been to Tyler. I graduated from the School of Engineering and Logistics at Red River Army Depot and lived in Texarkana, TX back in 1986-87.
Welcome to the group Bill!  You'll find that this is a great place to share ideas on smoking, grilling, etc.  There are plenty of folks here who genuinely enjoy helping one another.  Looking forward to your input, and just ask when you need anything...someone here will surely have the answer.

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