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Original poster
Jul 12, 2007
n.e. Indiana
Hello to y'all

I'm new to the smoking game. So new I've never done it but I'm eager to try. I have an old smoker, inherited from my parents. As far as I remember it's only been used twice. It's an upright about 3 ft. tall. I not sure how to use it, so if anyone can throw me some tips, it would be helpful.

I'm from northeast Indiana. We're not known for our smoking skills or I haven't heard of any but I do have years of grilling experience. I use either of four home-made grills my uncle and I built from oil tanks, the smallest being a 250 gl. tank.

But I'm going to try my first pork butt Sunday. I'll let you know how it turned out.
Welcome, if you will give the brand on your smoker you will get plenty of tips and mods, and you can also do a search, their are plenty of great folks here and they will help you with any question
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Welcome to SMF buggs!!! Glad you found us and don't forget since you have all those grills and grilling experiences that SMF also has a grilling section.

I am orginally from NW IN(valparaiso). Just started smoking myself. This is the best first step you could take. There is a ocean of knowledge here. If it helps I smoked a butt first and it was a confidence booster. Easy and very tasty.

When you start you wont be able to stop.
And a big welcome to SMF from a neighbour to the north in Canada!
Don't forget to sign up for Jeff's free 5 day eCourse.
He also has free PDF files you can download that have a lot of info.
If you look to the left there is a wealth of information there too.
Lots of friendly folks here to answer any question you may have.
We love pics of food before and after along with pics of equipment too!
Keep on smokin'!!!
Lots of friendly folks here ready to help. Any info you can give on smoker manufacturer, model, description etc will be helpful in getting you started. Signing up for the ecourse offered here by Jeff is also very helpful. DJ Debi also has a great site for smoking info and receipes. Have fun and will help you get started.
Welcome Buggs -

We'd love to help you but first you have to help us:

You said "It's an upright about 3 ft. tall." Is it propane, charcoal or electric?
The SMF is the place for you, plenty of friendly people with great tips and ideas. Be sure and checkout the Rib Rub and Sauce recipes from Jeff. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

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