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Newbie from Wisconsin.

dego

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I am a smoking virgin. I was just given a dehydrator for xmas and got addicted to making jerky. Then I after having jerky from a butcher shop and know that they smoke it not to mention having some smoked chops I decided to get a smoker. I got a Smoke Hollow Electric smoker. I bought some extra racks, a pan to fit over the water and chip pan to catch the drippings, and some chips ( apple and hickory ) I'm not sure if I need anything else so I wouldn't mind any pointers tips or tricks. I also don't know if I will need to make any modifications to this and if so what and how. I'm all ready to go full bore at this so any comments would be appreciated.
 

chuckles

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Welcome, Dego. If you are going to go beyond jerkey and chops you will need a good remote meat thermometer. Most around here, including me, like the Maverick ET 732. You can find many sources for it, including some of the SMF sponsors.
 

frog1369

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Dego,  welcome from another Wisconsinite!

Sounds like your addiction has begun, welcome to the world of smoke.  
  As Chuckles said, a good thermometer is a tool you'll find very valuable, it made an instant difference in the quality of food I was making when I got mine.  I also use a Maverick ET-732 and just ordered a Thermopen.  I don't think you can go wrong with either, I smoke a lot of multiple meats so I see a good need to have both.  Again, welcome, there is a wealth of knowledge here, enjoy your new hobby.
 

themule69

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Dego
Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions
Post it and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is
because their are so many different ways to make great Q...
Happy smoken.
David
 

gary s

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Hello dego, and welcome from East Texas. This is a great site, lots of information and great people that are willing to throw in their two cents worth on about anything.   
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GaryHibbert

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Hey

Welcome to the Smoking  forum.   You’ll find great , friendly people here, all more than willing to answer any question you may have.  Just ask and you’ll get about 10 different answers—all right.  LOL.   Don’t forget to post qviews.

Gary
 

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