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Greetings from the jungle paradise of Papua New Guinea

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by tellcoma, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. tellcoma

    tellcoma Newbie

    I have been dying to get back into smoking delicious meats. I've been out of smoking for about 6 years (ever since I arrived in PNG). I have a Traeger back in the States (Idaho) that we used to use several times a week. I used to take it into work and smoke ribs for the guys a couple of times a year. However, since we have moved to PNG as missionaries I just haven't had the time to build a smoker yet. So we have just "suffered". I have a couple of pigs that are ready to be butchered and my family has been dying for home smoked bacon and hams. So I have to get a smoker built, and tuned up, in enough time to have a Christmas ham!
    The main problem I have, in building a smoker, is that propane has more than doubled in price over the last 2 years, so it is ridiculously expensive. Electric smoker is the way I am leaning. However, out power here is extremely unreliable and is very often off for days at a time.
    The temperature rarely, if ever, drops below 50 degrees and is rarely over 85 degrees. We live in a high mountain jungle, 60-85% humidity consistently and up to 100% at times. We get 300+ inches of rain a year.
    So those are some of my parameters. I will be reading the forums looking for a good vertical wooden cabinet smoker. If anybody has any advice or ideas please chime in!
    Chad Wells
    Pangia, Southern Highlands Province
    Papua New Guinea
  2. humdinger

    humdinger Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hmm, interesting environment. Your temp range is ideal, but your humidity, and utilities (propane, power) are a challenge. Maybe a stick burner would be the way to go for you? Got a decent amount of firewood where you're at?
  3. TulsaJeff

    TulsaJeff Smoke Whisperer Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    Welcome from Oklahoma![​IMG]

    I agree that wood may be your best option if you have it available.. sounds like you might since you are in the jungle area?

    You could also do something that has both an electric element and a propane burner.. use electric when it is available and only use propane for a backup.

    Also make sure you have some sort of covered area that is open on the sides and well drained so you can keep smoking when the rains come.
  4. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

  5. Sounds like smoked Rusa deer may be on the menu!! That is some good venison, if one happens to walk by.........

  6. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Hi Chad,

    [​IMG]  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 [​IMG]!!!

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

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    Good Luck and Get Smokin'

  7. Chad[​IMG]

    Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
    About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
    and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
    We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions Post it
    and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is because their
    are so many different ways to make great Q We all have our own taste.

    Happy smoken.

  8. gary s

    gary s SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster OTBS Member

    [​IMG]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   ......... 



  9. tellcoma

    tellcoma Newbie

    Thanks for the kind welcomes. This is going to be a blast!!
    "Sounds like smoked Rusa deer may be on the menu!! That is some good venison, if one happens to walk by........."
    Unfortunately we don't have any deer in our Provence there are heaps of them in western Provence, but that is a 4 hr drive then a 3 hr flight.
  10. seenred

    seenred Legendary Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Welcome aboard Chad!  This is the best place I know for sharing ideas on smoking, grilling, curing, etc.  There are plenty of friendly, knowledgeable folks who really enjoy helping one another.  Looking forward to your input here, and just ask when you need anything...someone here will surely have the answer.

  11. tellcoma

    tellcoma Newbie

    Ok well the first smoker build is done. I put a couple pictures and a build description in the smoker build thread. Input is welcome
  12. moikel

    moikel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Being Aussie I know a bit about your location. Long history between PNG & Aust. Welcome . You are a way out on the edge my friend ,stay safe.
  13. tellcoma

    tellcoma Newbie

    I sometimes forget the reality of our remoteness, it has become very normal.

    Have you ever used eucalyptus to smoke with? Is there any hard wood from this side of the world that works good for smoking?