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Hello from western NY


Joined Dec 20, 2013
Hello all, Travis here...

I have been following these forums for about a month now and decided it was time to make myself comfortable.

A little bit about my self.. I am a country boy at heart with a lot of hobbies. . I have been a volunteer fireman for 18 years... (currently serving as first captain and captain of interior operations..... yes I am the dummy that runs in the building first?!)

I am also an avid hunter .... bow pistol shotgun muzzleloader and rifle.. this is what brought me to smoking!!

I have spent many a day cooking on the grill for friends and family..... lots of success stories and a few failures. .

While working at the butcher shop for a friend a few years ago we decided smoked venison backstraps would be a fun task.... well after some trial and error we figured it out...
I also figured out that buying my own smoker would be much more rewarding!!!

So a few weeks ago I purchased a smoke hollow 44" unit... so far so good on the break in process.... tomorrow I plan on doing some smoked venison roasts....

I am sure I will have plenty of questions for you all and can't wait to get to know ya better!!



Master of the Pit
Joined May 12, 2013
Hello Travis 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!


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.   
[/h1][h1]  [/h1][h1]Gary[/h1]


Legendary Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Group Lead
Joined Feb 9, 2009
Hi Travis...Welcome to the forums!  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.



Epic Pitmaster
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Joined Oct 31, 2012
Welcome from Canada, Travis.


As you have been reading the forum for a while, you already know there is a lot of good information and friendly members.

I look forward to your posts.



Smoking Fanatic
OTBS Member
Joined Jun 1, 2012
Welcome from Sennett, NY Travis.

I grew up in Amherst and Nancy is from Elma.  What part of WNY do you hail from?



Legendary Pitmaster
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Joined Jun 20, 2013
Hey Travis

Welcome to the forum.  Lots of great info here.  Question  though.  Your name is Travis, so how did you end up with Tedwilliams.  I know--no account question, but a 3 AM.......



Smoking Fanatic
Joined Dec 31, 2009
Southern enterance to letchworth park... small town of Portageville
I know exactly where that is!  I grew up in a small town just west of Rochester(Hilton).  My Parents, brother and sister still live there  Me, I threw a snow shovel over my shoulder and headed south until someone asked me  what that thang on my shoulder was.


Thread starter
Joined Dec 20, 2013
Yeah I am thinkin heading back to the south sounds better and better every day.... I stood in the freezing rain smoking some strip steaks for a late night snack last night

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