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not a newb but I've so much yet to learn


Joined Oct 6, 2016
Howdy, folks. I'm located in Manassas, VA, but grew up in northeastern PA where my grandfather introduced me to grilling & smoking meat when I was a child. He also taught me how to make sausage & kielbasa from scratch. As an 80s kid, we went from a $10 tabletop charcoal grill from K-Mart to a $100 gas grill that wouldn't light no matter how many times you pressed the igniter.....as you looked @ the dangling beer can for grease capture wondering, "How long's that gonna stay there......let alone capture anything?"  Anywho, my fiance' introduced me to a 22" Weber kettle grill & a Weber chimney starter. I foolishly used to extinguish each fire with the hose, but quickly learned to stop that. Months later, I bought a 2nd 22' Weber kettle for more capacity, & learned the benefit of using firebricks for better heat stability & retention. Years later, I blew the wad on a Weber 22' Smokey Mountain Cooker because the 18" model seemed like a tease; & I wasn't able to build a U.D.S. as hoped. Weeks later, I bought a Lodge Sportsman cast iron hibachi for searing meat & cooking small jobs. I absolutely love cooking with cast iron. I got loads of Lodge cookware.

Anyway, I've made LOADS of chicken, pork, turkey, pizza, calzone, stromboli, & etc on my grills & smoker. I'm a big believer in brining, too. Very interested in cooking solely with wood or very little charcoal & mostly wood.I'd be grateful if anyone has any suggestions for wood burning grills/smokers. I'd also be very interested in cooking professionally seeing that I don't find any of this to be work. Looking forward to any input any of you have to offer. I'll share whatever pics & knowledge I have. Hopefully, it'll help someone. Thank you.


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Welcome JJcreole.  Since I am a Weber fan too, sorry about the late response.  Just saw this today.  Welcome to SMF!  With all your experience I am looking forward to seeing you around the Forum. 

Have fun!



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Welcome to the forum!

Glad to have you aboard!

Looking forward to seeing some of your smokes!


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