Well, my folks got me some books for my birthday on how to cure meat, make and smoke sausage and various other endeavors that I am totaly unprepared to do. I've been hot smoking meat for some time now but this is a whole new ball game and I need some advice. What I am looking to find out is what kind of equipment do I need to get things going....I'm looking for recommendations on a good meat grinder, stuffer and the other basic equipment I might need to get going. I am not constrained by a budget but I would like to keep things reasonable. I don't like cheap....I'm a firm believer in spending a few extra bucks now to save the time and hassle later. Some advice from someone who has been there and done that would be nice. What do you guys recommend? Is there a good kit that can be purchased that contains most of the necessary equipment? Is there a decent place on the web where these things can be ordered? Thank you for the input...... Edit: I should also mention that I am not looking to make copious amounts here.....25-50 lbs at a shot would probably be a large batch. I would assume that hand cranked equipment will work fine for this....but I could be wrong.