Just got my first smoker!!

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by koy boy, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. Hey ya'll my name is Koy. Im 27, recently hitched to my wife Lina a new to this wonderful world of smoking . I work as an Autotech for Best Buy. I live in Antioch Ca. It's about an hour away from San Francisco.

    My uncle and I grill carne asada at his house just about every other Sunday on his Weber grill. I love grilling porterhouse's, steaks and rib-eyes but what I have always wanted to make were smoked ribs. I have always loved smoked meats but no one in my family owns a smoker that I could use so I decided to buy one myself.

    I did my homework before buying a smoker and based on what I learned from amazingribs.com which is a really good site btw, I decided to forgo the smoker's offered through my local hardware stores and instead kept checking criagslist everyday for a chance of picking up a used good quality smoker at a price I could afford. well about three days ago I found a smoker that I fell in love with and immediately traveled an hour and half from my home to buy it.

    I'm proud to say that I'm the new owner of a Bar-B-Chef offset smoker!! [​IMG]
    I had read some reviews and specs about this smoker and wanted to buy one but was saddened to hear that they went out of production a couple of years ago so you could imaging my delight to find this available through craigslist. I think is a good value at 150 bucks. It looks like it was used several times but was kept in relatively good condition by the previous owner who I don't think really knew how to use it.

    I plan making some modifications to it soon. I already have some thick mesh grill from home depot for the construction of a minion charcoal box. I'm going to order two good quality thermometers from Amazone, one for each side of the grill. I plan in also buying a tuning plate although they seem pricey and I'm currently trying to find oven bricks to line the bottom of the pit for temp control but I'm having a hard time finding them.[​IMG] I'm really new to smoking but I am trying cover all bases possible so I can hopefully produce a good batch of ribs on my first try in about a week ( right now i'm trying to clean some rust off and do some minor restorations). any who, I have a short clip of my smoker on my youtube page which you guys can check out.



    I will post up new video once i have done some of the modifications so in the mean time let me know what you guys think and any advice would be greatly appreciated. L8ter
     
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Koy welcome to SMF glad you decided to join us
     
  3. rgacat

    rgacat Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Koy
    You will find a great group of people here always ready to offer suggestions and tips.
     
  4. irishteabear

    irishteabear Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF. Glad you joined us.
     
  5. graybeard

    graybeard Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Welcome and I like your smoker. You were wise to find a used well built smoker instead or throwing your $$ away on the new ones that are too cheap to own!
    Good luck with your ribs butt hope to see you smoke a butt very soon.

    beard
     
  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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    Welcome To Your New Addiction
     
  7. harleyguy

    harleyguy Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF. You will love it here. There are so many experienced smokers here to offer their advice and/or answers on any questions that you may have. Good luck !
     
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  9. boiseque

    boiseque Smoke Blower

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  10. coacher72

    coacher72 Smoking Fanatic

    Welcome Koy. Congrats on the smoker. You've come to the right place for information about anything that deals with smoking meat. I'm new to the forum myself. There's nothing that someone doesn't know about or will help you with.

    Good luck
     
  11. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    az
    welcome, i have the same smoker and you will love it. yours is a little older, if you notice mine is round while yours has a flat bottom and your thermo is lower which i like better. here is a thread i did on my refurb.............again congrats!

    http://smokingmeatforums.com/forums/...hlight=restore
     
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    chef jeff tx Smoking Fanatic

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  13. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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  14. mama's smoke

    mama's smoke Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

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  15. northern greenhorn

    northern greenhorn Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

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  16. etcher1

    etcher1 Master of the Pit

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  17. treegje

    treegje Master of the Pit

    Welcome to the SMF, We are glad to have you onboard
     
  18. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

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    Nice choice on your smoker, if you can refurbish yours like Chefrob did for his, you will have a nice piece of equipment. Your among meat smoking friends here at SMF. Looking forward to some pics of your Q off the new smoker...

    You have gone and done it now! Stumbled into a whole nest of grazed smokers. Next thing you know you will be getting funny looks from your family while you snap pics of the excellent Q you just smoked.

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    USDA Kitchen Companion
     
  19. zjaybird

    zjaybird Meat Mopper

    Welcome to SMF Koy Boy.

    Hey do they still have the Rockford Fosgate Top Gun Academy? I remember when I used to play around with Car Stereos and compete in USAC...all the installers would talk about that school..but I am getting old....and older....

    Jay
     
  20. smokednarwhal

    smokednarwhal Meat Mopper

    Hello Koy, welcome to SMF. Looks like a great choice for your first smoker.
     

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