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Hi everyone... newbie in the house!


Joined Dec 31, 2013
Good morning everyone and Happy New Year!  I hope 2014 is AWESOME for all of you!

My best friend and I have been married for almost 30 years and have two girls, a son in law, a son in law to be and three grand babies.  Don't let the babies' mention in the last position fool you... they rule the roost!

I am a long time griller and have dabbled in smoking but more using very rudimentary knowledge of indirect heat in my beloved Weber Kettles.  I want to get more serious about smoking and have been absolutely amazed by the information on this site!  I feel like I am in the presence of masters of the craft and can't wait to learn from you.

I am located in Central Illinois and work for a major insurance carrier.  If you know anything about insurance, it will take you about 30 seconds to figure out which city!  As a hint, "What are you wearing, Jake from... ? ... She sounds hideous." "Well, she's a guy."  I have to admit that commercial still cracks me up!

I just bought a 40" Masterbuilt digital electric smoker and she is seasoned and ready to go.

I love having the opportunity to learn from each of you!  I can't wait!


Legendary Pitmaster
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Joined Feb 9, 2009
Welcome aboard Wayne!  Congrats on that new MES!  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.


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]


Thread starter
Joined Dec 31, 2013
Hey, Red... I see you're from NE OK.  Used to live there myself.  Broken Arrow specifically.  Youngest was born in Tulsa.  Glad to see someone from "home".


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Joined Feb 3, 2013

You will find plenty of friendly folks with great advice on this forum. Lt the search bar at the top of the page be your new friend.  There are over 1 million post on this forum.  And that a lot of powerful knowledge right at your finger tips. Or just ask! If you have not checked it out already, Give Jeff's 5 day ecourse a try.  It is free and full of great information to make you an even better smoker.

Again Welcome.


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