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Hi from England


Joined Jul 31, 2016
Hi all

Been lurking here for a while. I've liked smoked foods for a long time and was lucky enough to spend some time in Australia recently working for a low n slow BBQ eatery.

Back home now I've been looking to smoke but cant find a set and forget kind of smoker at a reasonable price which is big enough for a (LARGE) gathering. I've been inspired by some builds on here and am quite handy so I'm doing an oven conversion.Check out the build/conversion thread soon.



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Welcome to SMF Brad!  Glad you joined us.


smokin monkey

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Hi Brad , Welcome to our "Family" and "Addiction"

Plenty of good folk on here, ask any questions you can think of, and you will get your answers.

Please take time to look at the UK Smokers Forum,


And introduce your self on the UK Roll Call

We have had our 3rd UK Smokes weekend, where members attend and cooked over the weekend. Please use the link below to view the website.


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  to SMF!

Glad to have you aboard!



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Hi Brad. Welcome to SMF

What do you class as a "LARGE" gathering and where will that gathering be?

If it is at home for, say, 20 people then probably a 22" WSM or Frontier combined with a 22" kettle. If it is to cater at events then you will want something significantly bigger and mobile. At home I use a combination of Weber kettles, bullet smoker, a home made offset and an FEC-120 and I can cater for 70+ easily with that combination. 

If you are looking for something specific for catering for the masses then you may want to contact these guys BBQ Mates (http://www.bbqmates.co.uk/). They have been at Grillstock for the past couple of years, they do a wide range of sizes and styles and they are very reasonably priced. They have stand alone garden smokers and also trailer mounted catering units. They also do an impressive line in custom designed smokers. Just to be clear, I am not connected with them in any way but I have chatted with Nerijus, the owner, on a couple of occasions and he has a real passion for making smokers.
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Joined Jul 31, 2016
Thanks for the welcome! Will be sure to check out the UK forums. Wade- I looked at the FEC120 but was a bit out of my budget though a great looking unit. I really like the look of the bbqmates builds, thanks for the link! 

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