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Neighbors ever complain about smoke?

Discussion in 'Messages for All Guests and Members' started by ryanma, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. ryanma

    ryanma Fire Starter

    Hi everyone,

    My first smoker is arriving tomorrow, and a bunch of goodies from Todd hopefully around the same time.  I live in an apartment complex, my building has 8 apartments in it.  We all have our own little back wood decks, that's where I keep the grill and plan on smoking there also.

    Now I'm beginning to worry about all the long smokes I'll be doing, and if it might piss off any of my neighbors.  Anyone ever had a problem like this?  My lease says grills are allowed but nothing about smokers.  Maybe I'm just being paranoid.
  2. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I had one confrontation with the neighbor across the street , gave him a chunk of Brisket and now he smiles , hoping to be invited again...

    Do it and see how many friends you have all of a sudden . You may even have people from blocks away coming over to beg.....
  3. Where I live we have a steady breeze from the SW. My smokers are located so that the smoke goes down the middle of the yards.

    Also an occasional sample of your "cooking art" might have them on the way to the BBQ store to get their own smoker.
  4. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Don`t have any ....
  5. ryanma

    ryanma Fire Starter

    Yeah I thinking about just knocking on doors and giving people the heads up, offering them a try if they would like. Hopefully I don't have any vegetarians around... hopefully a dieing breed.
  6. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I think if you keep the smoke thin and smelling good, you won't have a problem.
  7. sound1

    sound1 Smoking Fanatic

    Number one rule on having a big bash..to avoid neighbor complaints, invite them. Unless you have vegetarians/vegans next to you, you should be fine,  Many people don't know the differences between a smoker and a grill so the landlord may be an issue though. If you're getting an electric unit, show them the cord and tell them you have a food/beverage warmer.[​IMG]
  8. ryanma

    ryanma Fire Starter

    Thanks guys, feeling better about it.
  9. ryanma

    ryanma Fire Starter

    Hah!  Its actually a Landmann 3895GWLA, ordered from BJ's.
  10. A properly operating smoker only puts out about 1/20 th the amount of smoke that an unlined fireplace will belch out.       [​IMG]
  11. jimmymaclean

    jimmymaclean Newbie

    My next door neighbours wife was complaining to her husband loud enough for me to hear that the smoke was getting in the house. He could not talk back because his mouth was full of ribs and wings I gave him.  She kept going on and on until my wife walked over and handed her a "tasting plate" which she claimed "she wasn't hungry", and "no thank you".

    5 minutes later the windows on the back of her house closed, and the plate reappeared without a hint of meat on any bone.
  12. Hmmmm..... I got 2 compliments from neighbors in the past couple of days on how great the smoke smells!!!!!. LOL
    Been smokin' a homestead ham.

  13. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I gotta agree with Stan!  They can't talk with their mouths full.

    Good luck.
  14. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Only when they don't smell it by 9 am on saturday morning. :biggrin:
  15. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I do not have any complaints.  But at least here in MD you are not allowed to use any open flame smoker or grill on an apt deck.  You may want to check on that :)
  16. pat ferrante

    pat ferrante Fire Starter

    I am like roller ..I don't got any...we live way out in the country.. to avoid people like that. :yahoo:
  17. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I also live in the middle of the country with no neighbors, but my son's neighbors that live above him in an apartment building complained about his smoking and the apartment managers shut him down to just grilling; he moves the end of this month...
  18. jp61

    jp61 Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    My neighbors are A-holes so, whether they're mad or drooling over the smoke I really don't give a rats a$$ [​IMG]  But then again, I don't live in an apartment complex. Good luck, hope it all works out well for you!
  19. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    No complaints here, either. Just curious neighbors. Gave my next door neighbor on the left (which is usually the direction the wind is blowing) a rack of ribs once, and now I see he got himself a propane smoker of his own for his back yard. Maybe it'll start a chain reaction. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2012
  20. ryanma

    ryanma Fire Starter

    I like what I'm hearing.  Plan on smoking a packer brisket and pork shoulder on the rack above next Monday.  Between myself, my fellow line cooks, and my neighbors, I think I'll be OK.  I want to use the 12" AMNTS, and from what I've been reading it should create good quality smoke.