New to smoking, already glad to be here

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Original poster
Feb 20, 2017
Hey everyone,

I'm Ryan, 28, Born and raised in Reno, NV. Been in the US Navy for the last 8 years or so, currently residing in Norfolk, VA.

I grew up running around the backyard while my dad was grilling on the weekends, and it has always been  something I thoroughly enjoy. 

Well, after a talking with some buddies of mine on the boat, I decided I wanted to jump into smoking meats. I did some research (mostly on these forums), and picked up a 40" MES gen 2.5 and the AMNPS for it should arrive tomorrow. It seems like a forgiving setup for someone new to the art, but we shall see! I'm chomping at the bit for my first attempt.

I'm looking forward to getting the 5 day E-course and learning as much as I can from everyone.

Thanks to everyone already who helped me pick up my rig to start having some fun and making some great meals.
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Hi there and welcome!

It looks like you are well on your way to diving into this smoking thing.  Be sure to look into getting a dual probe smoking thermometer like a Maverick.  The MES probes are notorious for for being off.  In any case it is very useful to have the extra 2 or more probes to use on different cuts of meat you smoke at the same time or for finding the hot/cold spots that WILL exist and WILL shift around as you load the smoker differently.

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