Greetings from Central Va

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Smoke Blower
Original poster
Oct 16, 2013
Richmond Burbs, Va
I've been reading here and ripping off tips, advice and reviews for around at least a year and a half now, figured it was time to join on in.

I've been using an offset for about 5 years  and found a lot of very helpful stuff on the site as that unit is kind of a cheapy and it's right on the beach, so high winds nearly ALL the time. So temp regulation and other good tips have really helped. I'd give my success rate with that unit about a 80% in total, but nearly perfect since some early hiccups and since reading up here!

The home unit is a Masterbuilt XL propane and I've had it about a year. Done a load of ribs several times, beef and pork, plenty of chicken, sausages, salmon, bluefish, crab legs and whatever else I can put my hands on. We are currently devouring the remains of an 8 lb. pork butt, it's lasted about 2.5 days...

I worked many years as a cook and chef, so know my way around food, but smoking is of course a little different and a load of fun. I look forward to learning and growing the portfolio, so this seems the place to be.

Look forward to hanging around and soaking it all in. Really appreciate this site, so thanks.



AMNPS Test Group
Sep 8, 2011
:welcome1: to SMF!!! We're happy you found us! You've come to the right place, we have over 50,000 members who just love to share their experience and over 1,000,000 posts describing it! Yea that’s right over 1,000,000!

The search bar at the top can be your best friend when you are trying to find answers to your questions but don’t hesitate to start threads and ask also!

We have an ”Articles” section that is full of great information about smoking to include a lot of recipes and instructionals. Check it out there is a lot to learn in there!


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Group Lead
Apr 23, 2010
Prince George, Va.
Hi Evan - I'm near Richmond as well, Prince George to be exact!

 to the SMF, the best BBQ site on the web.  Whatever you need to know about the fine art of BBQ you can find it right here, from recipes to technical knowledge.

One thing you need to know about us is that we like to see pictures of your creations and your gear.  We call it Q-View and its basically the 

So, don't just talk about your food, show it!  Otherwise you may get a gentle reminder, like this...

  or this...

Good Luck and Get Smokin'



Legendary Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Jun 13, 2012
Madison, AL
to SMF!  We are so glad you joined us! 

We love to see pictures of what you are cooking (or what we call q-views here at SMF).  To "upload the q-views" just follow the directions here and it will be easier. If you are using a cell phone, an IPad or a kindle, go to the main SMF page and click the Mobile button. Will make the uploads a bit faster too.

If you didn't read the "SMF User Guidelines" .....please do.  There are a few things that everyone should know about those pesky little rules before plunging into the forums and some guidelines of how to interact within the forums. Off site links are not allowed here at SMF per TulsaJeff. Not that you have done anything wrong....just a little bit of FYI for new members!

If you need any help roaming around the forums....just holler!  Happy to help out!


gary s

Gone but not forgotten. RIP
OTBS Member
Jan 6, 2011
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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Legendary Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Group Lead
Feb 9, 2009
N.E. Oklahoma
Welcome aboard Evan!  Glad you've joined our group.  You'll find there are lots of friendly and knowledgeable 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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