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Newbie here, for sure for sure.


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Richard from Panama, in the Chiriqui Highlands where temps average 70 degrees year-round.   I've been grilling for many years and have had limited experience/success with smoking.   Mostly just cooking for my family, so looking at a Lang 36" patio model or having one built locally due to shipping costs with the Lang.

Tried indirect heat with a 36" horizontal grill today, chicken at one end, fire at the other, dampers set accordingly and used mesquite but it quickly overpowered the chicken.   Read later that mesquite is better for big chunks of meat or whole chickens.   Lesson learned.

Don't know of much hardwood available in Panama, so most people use fruit wood.   Nance is the most popular, very dense and heavy, and all kinds of other fruit wood is used but no idea yet what's best for what meat.

So, looking forward to learning a lot from y'all's experience base.


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Welcome to the forums Richard.  The search button at the top of the page is your best friend.  There is more information here than you will have time to read!  Lots of good friendly folks to!


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Welcome from Canada, Richard.

I have only been smoking for about a year and I look forward to your posts learning how to smoke in Panama! Way cool!



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Hello Richard and welcome to the group! You'll find that this is a great place to share ideas on smoking, grilling, etc. There are plenty of folks here who genuinely enjoy helping one another. Looking forward to your input, and just ask when you need anything...someone here will surely have the answer.



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Hey Richard

Welcome to the forum.  Average temp of 70 degrees?????  Right now I'm stuck in 2 feet of snow in my driveway (been there since yesterday) and waiting for Linda to come home with the 4x4 and pull me out


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Hello 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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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 We all have our own taste.

Happy smoken.


gary s

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Let us know about the experience you have with the different fruit woods, someone can probably tell you about Nance ?

Good luck


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