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Old Smoker gets New Trailmaster LE Smoker/Grill


Joined Feb 21, 2014
Hi Everyone,

I just got my new offset smoker and have learned a lot from reading the posts here in the forum so I will be doing a few mods in the near future. The weather  here in New Orleans is just about right for grilling or smoking next to anything we Cajuns can catch. While I'm not new to smoking meats, I am new to this Trailmaster LE so I look forward to learning even more from all you old smokers!


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Welcome to SMF Starriddin! As you have found-SMF is a wealth of information for those starting out or for those that's been doing it for a while and using some new toys.

Looking forward to your posts!

Enjoy the Smoke!

gary s

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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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Joined Feb 21, 2014
Thanks guys! I learned last night that my new TMLE had a bent cooking chamber door frame, the recessed plate that the door is supposed to rest on for a tight seal. Anyway, thanks to numerous tips from the forum, I sealed the whole thing with Red Devil Fireplace and Stove caulk. I rans a rather large bead around the whole door frame and sprayed Pam all over the door. The caulk said it cures with low heat so I started a small batch of charcoal in the fire box and was able to cure and test at the same time. Now, I have perfect temp control, but, I did have a stick holding the ash drawer up in the rear. There is a massive gap at the back if not supported. It is a bad design. I need to think about a more permanent fix. Anyway, I'm very happy with this rig now that she's sealed up and I have easy temp control. I am going to try to make a heat deflector and tuning plate system using some spare ceramic tiles I have laying around. I was wondering if anyone else has been successful with ceramic for this.


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Welcome, see ya around the forum and congrats on the new rig Thumbs Up. WHB


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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.


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