New to SMF, getting back into stickburning

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Original poster
Feb 22, 2017
Waaazup smokers,

I recently started back into smoking after an almost 9 year break, kids and life happened. I'm just outside KC and have had several grills/smokers over the years. Currently, I have one of the original New Braunfels Bandera smokers. I think it's around 17 years old, free from a friend about 13 years ago, and has definitely seen better days. Most of my knowledge is from people I knew locally at the time, but I want to leave the nest. I found this site when doing some research and have been lurking for a couple weeks. This site seems to have down to earth people that are more interested in the process and end result rather than the cooker, wood/charcoal/pellet.
I'm looking forward to getting back into the ring, the smoke ring!!!

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Thanks for the welcomes....

Jake0531, was in Olathe for 16 years, but moved to Overland Park in 2015. I see you're in Mulvane. I pass by there when I go to see family in Ashland KS. Down I-35 to 160 West. I have a cousin in Conway Springs too.

Need to do some restoration to my smoker; the cc is still in pretty good shape, just leaky, but the firebox is a rust box. It still works but the door is rusted shut so I load wood through the top, letting all the heat out. Holds temp as long as I babysit it, about every 30-40 min. I picked up some 1/4 sheet and plan on slowly building my own insulated upright. I can't fit a packer brisket in the current chamber without trimming it a bit, or picking up a couple smaller ones. Here's some butt and sausage I did about a week ago.

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