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Thanks for having me, jokensmoken.


Master of the Pit
Joined Dec 7, 2016
Hey guys,
I'm new here but consider myself to be moderately experienced at smoking. After reading LOTS of threads here, I finally decided to join.
I live in Michigan just north of Ann Arbor (with roots in N. Carolina, Kentucky and Texas) have spent considerable time in Michigan's northern wilderness and have been cooking outdoors for 40+ years, using any and every technique I could imagine. As mostly a minimalist/naturalist or survivalist many of those cooking techniques were quite primitive and involved trapped, hunted or otherwise foraged for game.
It wasn't until about 10 years ago I decided to kick up my culinary skills by adding more traditional smoked meats to my repertoire (after I got a little old to be traipsing around the woods all the time)
I hot and cold smoke using primarily up right smokers from wood and charcoal fired to electric and propane...from a large homemade smoker shed to manufactured smaller models and since I'm a minimalist at heart all have been inexpensive or built from recycled scrounged materials.
I've smoked to some degree of sucess everything from salt and spices, vegetables, cheese and boiled eggs to about every piece of meat i could get my hands on with my favorites being full briskets, pork butt roasts & ribs (right...seems to be about everybodys favs) AND SMOKED CABBAGE, and did over 50 pounds of smoked meats at our family reunion this past summer. YUP, I've become addicted to smoking, giving away smoked foods as gifts and what not is my greatest pleasure...I've got a batch of salt smoking on a cold smoker with cherry wood going right now for Christmas.
That being said, I've learned alot from you folks here, look forward to learning more, and offering whatever I can to your truly informative forum. Thanks again...smokes away...


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Joined Sep 7, 2013
Jokensmoken, welcome to SMF!  I'm looking forward to hearing your stories about smoking and life in general, when you're so inclined.  Your post above was a GREAT read! 

Thanks for joining. 

Have fun!



Master of the Pit
Joined Dec 7, 2016
Thanks Ray.
I'm.just a simple middle aged dude with lots of time on my hands. I was forced into early retirement due to poor health about 3 years back, but have made remarkable strides towards full recovery.
My love of the woods and outdoor cooking started in the early '70s as a scout where I applied cooking lessons to earn many awards. Prior to smoking my favorite outdoor cooking was in cast iron Dutch ovens where I became masterful at baking...everything from breads and fruit cobblers to cakes and pies...using nothing but natural wood.
I've been all over northern Michigan, living in two different state forests for a month each time with nothing more than I could carry in my pack...I spent 3 weeks in the boundary Waters of northern Minnesota living out of a canoe again with nothing more than I could carry...have been from St. James Bay down to Lake Missinabi by foot or float.
But that's all for other times.
I'm eager to chat with folks building their own smokers out of every day materials as I've built MANY, most using simple hand tool. I'm experimenting with a cold smoker for salts now which is nothing more than a 20 inch length of 10 inch stove pipe a couple home made pellet tubes a large stainless mesh sieve and a 6 QT pot for a lid...light the tube, set the stove pipe over it, like a chimney, set the sieve on top with the salt, use the pot for a lid...cost less than 20 bucks and gives amazing results.


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Joined Jun 22, 2009
Welcome to the forum!

Glad to have you aboard!


gary s

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  Good afternoon and welcome to the forum, from a cool, cloudy day here in East Texas, and the best site on the web. Lots of                great people with tons of information on just about  everything.


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