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New guy from OH, rank amateur but enjoying it.


Joined Sep 3, 2019
I finally decided to sign up for this forum since I am getting more and more interested in smoking foods. I've been "helping" my best friend smoke meats in his pull behind trailer smoker for years. But honestly that help was regulated to fetching us beers. Since I stopped drinking for the most part, I stopped doing that. That and the fact that we live 5 hours apart. But I missed his pulled pork and ribs, and my wife did as well. So we figured we would jump into smoking with an electric smoker.

I've had some lot's of "meh" results, a couple utter failures, and one true success. However, I will say that the utter failures were due to a POS Char-Broil electric smoker. I hate that smoker with a passion that is almost holy. The real catalyst to my signing up for the forum was I literally lucked into a Smokin-Tex 1400 this past weekend. I was fortunate enough to find one that a little old lady had in her garage and gave it away to her landscaper. He doesn't grill, (no, he didn't know it was a smoker) so he sold it to me for $160. The only issue is that it is missing the woodbox.

I've been trying to call Smokin Tex all morning, but the phone just rings busy. From what I can tell, Smokin-It and Tex are almost identical. I am curious if I can just buy Smokin-It's box and move forward. Mine has the all the grates and seafood tray, so I just need that box! I will buy the cold smoking plate, but I don't really know if I need anything other than that. Smoked cheese is going to hopefully be a regular occurrence!

Look forward to interacting with some vets.


Joined Sep 3, 2019
Huh, quick easy update. Smoking Tex got back with me already. Looking like $65 shipped for the replacement box. Wish it were a little less, but hopefully it'll last a lifetime.


Legendary Pitmaster
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Joined Sep 7, 2013
MM, welcome to SMF and for bringing a neglected treasure back to life. Definitely looking forward to you mastering that beauty.

Enjoy the forum!



Master of the Pit
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Joined Apr 1, 2014
Welcome, from the west side of Columbus! Ask about anything and someone will have an answer.

Keep an eye out for a good deal on a Weber kettle, they can grill or smoke.

gary s

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Good Morning, Welcome and a Big Howdy from East Texas and the Best Site on the Web


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