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"Hey" from the High Desert

desert fish

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Joined Jan 15, 2014
Hey everyone!

Just checking in.  Kinda new to this whole smoking world and already getting obsessed.  I'm a Realtor here in Albuquerque and just purchased a WSM 22.5.  I will be giving her her maiden voyage this weekend with a couple drunk chickens while my 49ers rock the Seachickens.  I'm naming the first chicken Richard Sherman....and the second Pete Carroll.   Figure thats a good place to start since I hear they run a little hot at first (the WSM, not Seattle).  Then plan on hitting a whole turkey next weekend.

Quick question.  Not sure if this is that area to ask but what is preferred in terms of Charcoal? Lump, briquettes? 

Anyway, excited to learn new stuff here! Thanks!!

gary s

Gone but not forgotten. RIP
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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]


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Welcome aboard!  Glad you've joined the group...congrats on that new WSM!  Those are nice rigs.  To answer you're question: opinions on that will vary...its been a long time since I cooked in a charcoal rig, but I always preferred lump over briquettes.  I thought I got a hotter, more consistent temp with lump, and didn't need to add more charcoal as often.  

If you ask the same question over in the charcoal smoker forum, you'll likely get a lot more responses.

Good luck and Happy Smoking!


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Welcome to SMF DF and were glad to have you aboard so join in, share your experiences, have some fun and don’t forget to post our favorite………

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Happy smoking


desert fish

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Joined Jan 15, 2014
Awesome!  Thanks guys!  I'll be busy this weekend smoking chickens and ribs.  I got some salmon but that looks pretty tricky from what I have read...


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Welcome to the forums! We are happy that you joined the group. You'll find plenty of information here with over 1 million posts! Make the search bar at the top of the page your new friend.  Or, simply post your question in the area that applies. You'll get plenty of helpful advice. 

Also consider enrolling in Jeff's 5 day E course. It gives you lots of great information to start you off on the right foot! Best of all is that it's free!



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