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Mar 13, 2007
Hi all. First, a thing or two about myself. I am a married, stay at home mom (mostly home, I do work 2 days a week). Love to cook and decided it is time to expand my horizons. I made this decision today and this was one of the first hits I got when I Googled "smoking meats". I love brisket, ribs and pulled pork.

I have never smoked anything. Don't even have the equipment. Just know I love the taste, and seeing as I'm from KC I should probably learn. Anyway, to start out I would just like to know what I need to take into consideration when I go shopping for my equipment and what are the easiest things to begin with.

So, oh gurus of smoking, enlighten em
Welcome, welcome! Glad you are here! One factor you might start thinking about is how much space you have for storage of your yet to be purchased smoker and supplies. Please sign up for Jeff's 5-day course by email on smoking basics. That should get you started.

Don't be afraid to ask questions. The friendly folks here at SMF will make answer,

Take care, have fun, and do good!


Happy to have you here, Mrs B! I would first recommend Jeff's free Five Day Basic Smoking Course. This will give an idea of what you need and how the process works.

Then you will have to decide which type of equipment best suits your needs and neighborhood. (As well as local ordinances!)

There is literally an encyclopedia of info available within this forum and best of all we LOVE to help newbies get started. So please ask any and all questions here and we will do our best to answer them,

You may have noticed that we have many different sections in the forum. So if you have an equipment question ask away in the peoper section under equipment!

Cannot wait to hear that you have made your first smoke! We're here for ya!

Welcome Mrs B -

You've come to the right place. There's a lot to be learned here and we have the friendliest people on the net here willing to help!

Might I suggest you start by signing up for Jeff 5 day eCourse? That's a good bit of infomation to get you started and it free!

A good place to start when shopping is with a budget! Smokers come in a wide range of prices. For me I always like to start with the least expensive equipment I can in case it's not for me. You can purchase a smoker for as little as $50 or as much as a new car!

Looks aroud read some post and go from there ....
Mrs. B Welcome...

Glad to have you here...Lots of great friendly people here ....ready to help...just remember...there are no dumb questions...
Wow, thanks for all the hellos. I have signed up for the 5 day course, and have already gotten my first installment. I'll be checking out the equipment area soon to check it out.
Welcome to the forum Mrs B glad to have you here. Looks like everyone has already headed you in the right direction. What ever choice you make on your first smoker will be a great experience. As far as myself Im a natural wood burner. Pull up a seat and do some reading and enjoy your self.
Welcome aboard Mrs.B. The folks here are a great bunch. There's a wealth of info here and if you cannot find what you are looking for ask, some one will point you in the right direction or answer your question. Glad to see another from Mo. on board, I'm only about 75 miles north of you. Don't know your schedule, but they are planning a get together June 15 and 16
down around Clinton, check out the forum for posts on it, and there should be some good "Q" going on and several different kinds of smokers there. Just let UltraMag or Pigcicles know if this will work for you. Again welcome aboard and may the Smoking Gods be with you. Steve
Nice to have you join our SMF family, MrsB. Taking Tulsa Jeff's 5-day eCourse is the first step in the right direction. There are different smokers out there that use different fuel sources, what it comes down to is how much 'hands-on" involvement you want in producing some great food.

Looking foward to your progress in achieving the Thin Blue Smoke.

Well, I have been doing alot of reading. What a great source of info, I am going to love this site (actaully, I already am). Can't wait to get started, on a tight budget currently, so I think I will hit some flea markets and garage sales this weekend.
Welcome Mrs. B,
Welcome to SMF, this is the place to be, look`s like everybody has started to stair u in the direction u need to be !! lot`s of great folks here ready to help out!! pull up a chair and enjoy...
Ok guys, I am IN LOVE with this site. I have been looking at all threads that have any pics in it, must have the smoking porn!!!! I am so glad I found you guys and can't wait to get started. I have seen such nice people with such great tips and techniques. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Hey MrsB...I graduated to a propane smoker from my little electric smoker, I'm glad that I started out with the electric, it was really easy to learn how to smoke food with it. I forget who said it, but the ECB would be an inexpensive way to start. Purists will say wood, but that's a lot of learning to do from the beginning, I would think it would be harder to learn that way, but, just my opinion. If you think you're addicted now, wait until you start churning out food!!!
Welcome aboard Mrs.B! Lots of good info here for the newbie smoker. Being a newbie myself, I lurked around abit then went and bought a Masterbuilt Electric Smoker. I just used mine for the first time today and WOW. Great first time results with ribs using the 3-2-1 method mentioned here. Enjoy your stay!
MrsB, Glad you found us. This is truely a great place to learn. There are lots of choices in picking out your first smoker. And you've already received many suggestions. How many will you be feeding from your smoker?

The ECB is a good choice to learn on at an affordable price. I use a GOSM gas smoker which has been enough for me so far. But I grew up around "stick" burners, and I agree they tend to have a better true smoked flavor, but can be high maintenance with your time. Electric smokers, as I understand, are easy to use and convenient. No matter what you choose, it's okay with us - there's no "right" choice.

If you have ANY questions stop by and ask away. Someone will be along shortly to give you a hand.

And you and your family are more than welcome to attend the SMF Gathering in June. We'd love to have you. Watch for the official announcement soon.

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