Hello from Tampa, Florida

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by ribsandwhiskey, Jul 17, 2009.

  1. Well, I finally took the plunge yesterday and purchased my first smoker, a Perfect Flame 36" LP from Lowe's. Had a dent on the side and the sales manager knocked the price down in half to $69.50. The dent does not affect functionality, so I am pretty excited.

    I am going to check all the screws and connections to make sure it is fastened together properly. No manual was included, so hopefully Lowe's will respond to my email request for a manual as there is nothing on the web.

    I would classify myself as just learning. I have smoked ribs, chicken and burgers but have a lot to learn and looking forward to it.

    I have a large LP grill that I am using less and less, a Weber that I love and now my smoker.

    I would love some help on the best ways to cure this smoker before I delve in.

  2. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    welcome to SMF. sign up for the 5 day ecourse for some great info. Cure your new smoker for a few hours with your fav wood.
  3. bigsteve

    bigsteve Master of the Pit

    Greetings from Sarasota.

    I did a quick google search for your cookers manual (2 sets of eyes.....) but came up empty. Good luck finding one. Maybe another one in the store all boxed up has a toll free number printed on it for help??? Maybe the manager will open it so you can get a phone number or addr off the manual? Maybe he'll photostat it for you? We have a propane section on this board, ask about a manual there.
  4. jaxgatorz

    jaxgatorz Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to the forum... I have that same smoker.. If u have any questions feel free to ask.... One thing i can tell u for sure is that the thermometer is waaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyy off ( mine is over 50* off).. Buy a good digital therm and u will be putting out great Q on that unit in no time ![​IMG]
  5. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the SMF. It looks like you're getting the help you need. Great bunch of people around here. Always willing to help if we can. Glad you joined us.
  6. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
  7. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to SMF!
  8. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF from just north of ya a bit. I would suggest washing the unit out to remove any oils and residues left in it from manufacturing. Then light it and allow it to dry. Then spray the entire inside other than the burner with Pam spray and light it back up with wood in the chip pan and let it run at about 225 for a half hour then crank it up to 325-350 for a half hour then turn it back down to 225 for another fifteen to twenty minutes.
  9. Thanks for the welcome and the advice - glad to be here.

    Pineywoods - great breakdown and steps, will do them tomorrow and plan on smoking some BB's Sunday afternoon.

    I use a Comark PDT 300 probe thermometer for meat, which I have found to be very accurate and a great price point. I am in need of a remote thermometer; I used to have an Oregon Scientific AW129, but the Florida humidity must have been too much as it turned out to be a piece of junk.

    Hopefully I can find one pretty inexpensive that is accurate.
  10. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What Brian said will set you straigtht into the TBS.
  11. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I found this on searching for Perfect Flame, it is NOT your model but it has a manufactures phone number.

    Hope it helps.
  12. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi there from the north east side of Fla. Glad you decided to take the plunge. Try the e-course can show you alot then just look and learn in here. It won't be a bad idea to take notes on things you WILL learn in here.

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