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Newbie from Scotland, UK


Joined Mar 6, 2011
Hey folks, just signed up so thought i'd post a wee hello.

I'm a complete novice when it comes to smoking, i've always liked eating smoked food and living in Scotland its incredibly hard to find any of the good stuff you guys in the US call BBQ (smoked ribs, brisket etc etc) so have decided to try and do it myself.

Haven't bought a smoker yet, looking to make the right choice which is a big reason for finding my way here.  Plan is to get something pretty cheap to start with, everything i have read so far suggests a vertical will be an easier starting point than an offset, though i am finding it very hard to find anything for sale mail order.

Anyway, hopefully i'll be able to lean on knowledge contained in this forum to make life as easy as possible.




Master of the Pit
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Joined Jun 5, 2009
See the great thing about this site is being everywhere even Scotland. So look into checking into the free e-course offered here. It'll getcha a good base. Not much help with you smoker as I use the offsets? So once you get going let's see some Scottish recipes with qview


Smoke Blower
Joined Feb 7, 2011
Nice to have you aboard. How much are you looking to spend on a smoker set up? Just remember where there's a will there's a way..... A regular kettle grill set up the right way can produce some very good BBQ


SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster
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Joined Sep 12, 2009
Welcome James !

Stick around & you'll love it here!



Master of the Pit
Joined Feb 10, 2009
Welcome to smf glad to have ya!! use the search and wiki sections and do some reading to get ya started. Theres tons of info here on all types of smokers. Good luck.


Master of the Pit
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Joined Jul 9, 2005

     Welcome to the SMF! It's great to have you here. Please post often and let us know how you smoke in Scotland. Like, what kind of wood do you use, what kind of smokers are available to you over there and what's you favorite smoking meat? Again, welcome aboard and do let us hear from you soon and often.


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined Dec 6, 2007
Welcome to SMF James.your right a ECB smoker is the cheapest and simplest way in.with that in mind look around for the materials to construct your own starter smoker.A little thinking outside the box and you will be eating some good Q in no time.goood luck in your search.


Epic Pitmaster
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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.

michael ark

Master of the Pit
Joined Feb 11, 2011
WELCOME.As a someone new to smokeing meat.I would say go to forums go down to smokers & eqipment look under smoker builds to get inspearation.Why buy a cheap smoker when you can build your own to last a lifetime out of stuff you find or get for free.Their are folkes on here that have verry little in some verry nice smokers.
 Build it, smoke it ,they will come.  


SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster
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Joined Jun 22, 2009
Welcome to SMF James, Lots of info here on every type of smoker and smoker builds. Good luck & glad to have you aboard.

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