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Newbie smoker from Illinois.


Joined Sep 13, 2010
Just wanted to say hi to everyone and introduce myself. I'm from the south west suburbs of the Chicagoland area.  I was given a smoker for fathers day this year.  I own the GOSM Big Block and i'm loving it.  So far i have only made spare ribs but will hopefully try other meats before the chicago winter arrives.  Well thats all for now.


Epic Pitmaster
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Joined Mar 12, 2009

First off Welcome Never ending to SMF.  You'll like it here for there are alot of really good folks here that would just love to help you with just about anything to do with smoking. Now there are alot of proven recipes for some amazing things here too. So if you need sign up for the E-Course it's free and it will give you the basics of smoking and some good methods to use also. So the next big thing for you to do is go out and get you something to smoke and if you happen to have any questions just post it here and we will be happy to answer them for you.

Welcome To Your New Addiction


Master of the Pit
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Joined Jul 17, 2005
Don't let winter stop you!

My Big Block GOSM gets in a smoke or two in the winter. And I plow snow for the state of Vermont. Busy times! Just have to get a windbreak around it and watch the temp. And NEVER trust the thermometer on the door!

Good luck and welcome to the SMF Family


northern greenhorn

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Joined Mar 11, 2010
Welcome, fellow Illinoisan to SMF, I'm sure you'll find this site as helpful as I have, check out the 5 day course, it's a nice starting place with some helpful info.


Smoking Fanatic
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Joined Feb 4, 2009
welcome from another illinoisan with a GOSM.

I use mine all winter long also

I built a wind block thing I put around it and do allot of sausage and salami in the winter


Meat Mopper
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Joined Sep 8, 2009
Welcome to SMF!! Lots of good folks and information here...


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


Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
Joined Oct 18, 2007
I'm with Monty the winter doesn't slow down the smoking. At least not at my house and we get some really cold winters here in ND/MN. I actually smoke more in the winter since summer is always a busy time always coming and going. Welcome to the SMF you will learn a ton here.


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.
 I smoke alot more in the winter myself also.

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