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New to smoking


Joined Jan 23, 2011
Just signed up, I have been "lurking" for quite some time trying to gain some knowledge. I have a "perfect flame" propane smoker I bought last year on clerance at Lowes.

I have read the basics e-course and I am subscribed to the newletter.

Beside the smoker, I bought a remote thermometer and learned how to use it.

Tried my first smoke yesterday afternoon(Jeff's latest newsletter inspired me to try a roast) that went into the night. It did not go as easy as I thought it would but the roast turned out well and the wife and kids loved it.

My main trouble was keeping the heat consistent on the smoker, thin walls and no insulation made it tough to maintain a constant temp. It was in the 40's with a light breeze and I was checking on it about every 15-20min and making adjustments.

I searched for modifications here and plan on adding some hardibacker board for insulation as well as a few fire bricks to hold heat and a good seal on the door. I also saw some references to  Sentry propane temp regulator/valve but when I searched they appear to be discontinued, any other options to the valve?

I am just getting started smoking and will probably just continue to do more reading than typing. I plan on building a smoke house in the future for smoking sausage as I am also starting to do my own deer processing and also plan on buying or building a larger pit type smoker in the future


Master of the Pit
Joined Feb 10, 2009
Welcome to smf,its good to have ya! In time i'm sure you will be sailing along just fine.just remember it takes some time to figure out how your smoker runs and how to do things. Do as many smokes as you can to get comfortable,and read and ask questions.And remember we love pictures!!! good luck


SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster
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Joined Jun 22, 2009
Welcome to SMF. There are a lot of very friendly & knowledgeable folks here to help you. Good luck & glad to have you aboard.


Epic Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Joined May 1, 2007

Welcome to SMF, Glad to have you with us.

This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.

For those of you new to Smoking, be sure to check out Jeff's 5 Day Smoking Basics eCourse.

Click Here it's "FREE" ... 5 Day eCourseE


Legendary Pitmaster
SMF Premier Member
Joined Oct 17, 2009
Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.


Epic Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Joined Jul 26, 2009
Welcome to SMF - lots of great help here. Enjoy the ride  


Smoking Fanatic
Joined Apr 2, 2009
Welcome! All the info you need is right here at your fingertips. Best of luck!

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