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Hello from Henderson NV


Joined Oct 9, 2013
Hey all, my name is Dave and I love smoked meat. About 12 years ago I borrowed a brinkman smoker from my dad who didn't use it. I smoked chickens, CSR's, and several turkeys. I loved it. The turkeys were the best I'd ever had. I ended up having to give the smoker back and just never got around to buying one. Had a wife and four kids at the time and money was tight.

Well here we are in 2013 and now I'm single with two kids at home. I love grilling and my kids love my food. I spent a couple of years learning about regular and gourmet cooking but still ended up spending most of my time over my weber kettle. I remembered how much I enjoyed using that cheap smoker and decided it was time to get back into it and learn how to really smoke some meats.

I got on Craig's list and found an older charcoal gosm for 50 bucks. I bought it. It was in great shape, just needed a cleaning and a new paint job. After getting it ready I ran a load of charcoal through to see how it would hold temp. After hours of reading here on the forums I figured out she definitely runs better on lump charcoal maintaining 225 steady for about 4 hours. It does need the door seal trick I found on here but haven't ordered it yet. Also the temp gauge is shy about 20 deg.

I'll be smoking some CSR's tomorrow and already did a search and found some great tips, thank you. I joined 4or 5 days ago and have found myself reading posts for several hours at a time. Man you guys really know your stuff. Thank you all for such a great community and bank of experience and knowledge.

I'm happy to be a part of a group that when its our time to go, will probably be most happy if we are just buried in our smokers.

Dave :biggrin:


AMNPS Test Group
Joined 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!


Legendary Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Joined Jun 13, 2012
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
Joined 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
Joined Feb 9, 2009
Welcome to the forums Dave!  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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